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Yaacov Elian

Yaakov Ilian was a reserved and dedicated young man of twenty from Ramat Gan, wholeheartedly devoted to his military service. Driven by a strong desire to contribute and serve his country, he volunteered for officer training, leading his troops with values of giving and responsibility. With professional glasses perched on his face and a gentle smile, he also displayed a rare emotional strength that made him a source of inspiration for everyone around him.

During months of training and preparation, Yaakov proved that he was not just a commander but also a comrade. He was always the first to offer help when his friends needed it, ensuring that everyone felt part of the group. Yaakov also engaged his soldiers in lengthy discussions, teaching them not just military tactics but also values of friendship and awareness of others.

Tragically, an intense combat operation in the Gaza Strip changed everything. Yaakov led his force into an operation intended to secure the safety of southern residents, fighting bravely and showing leadership under fire. In his final moments, he continued to care for his troops, assisting an injured comrade before heroically defending them.

Yaakov Ilian will be remembered as a hero who sacrificed himself for others, an exemplary commander, and a person who learned to find strength in quietness and gentleness. Although his life was cut short, his influence will continue to resonate in the hearts of those who knew him and in the history of the place he served.

First Name

Yaacov

Last Name

Elian

Age

20

Fell On

20 December 2023

Army Unit

The IDF Officer’s School

Army Rank

Lieutenant

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