From Malibu to Special Forces


‘Soldier A’ serves in an elite, undercover combat unit in the Border Guard along Israel’s southern border, came from southern California beach life for IDF service.

‘A.’, ‘My father and grandfather imbued me with the virtue of IDF service’

By Gadi Golan


When he was 12, “A.” left Israel with his family and moved to Malibu in southern California. After finishing high school, and a little over a year after he started studying in university, A. decided to head back to Israel and join the army. Now, he serves in the Israel Defense Forces in an elite undercover unit along Israel’s southern borders abutting the Gaza Strip and Egypt.