Last Friday, August 12, Brig. Gen. Effie Defrin marked what he calls, with a degree of irony, “the anniversary of my death.” On the afternoon of that day 16 years ago, Defrin was the commander of the 9th Battalion of the Israel Defense Force’s 401st Armored Brigade. When the brigade started to cross Wadi Saluki, in what would become probably the best-known and least necessary battle of the Second Lebanon War, Defrin’s battalion was attacked with antitank missiles in a Hezbollah ambush. He was wounded seriously and was evacuated while ventilated and in an induced coma. Initially, his condition was classified as critical. His wife, Carmel, was called to the hospital, with the thought that she would have to part from him.
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