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September 28, 1990 - Image 14

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-09-28

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War Memories

Continued from Pagel

the Arab world wanted them
and their country dead.

Soldier's Story
Uri Segal calls himself a
humanist. He lives in
Southfield with his wife and
three children, owns an elec-
tronics business and even
teaches Israeli dance. But
the nicer parts of life didn't
matter to him when he talk-
ed Israeli security officers
into permitting him to board
an El Al flight packed with
officials and emergency
medical personnel for Israel.
And his new life in
America might as well have
been a million miles away
when he came face to face
with the business end of a
Kalashnikov rifle held by a
Syrian infantryman. A
quicker triggerfinger was
the difference between life
and death.
"When the news came to
me here in Detroit, and it
wasn't good news, I couldn't
sleep," Mr. Segal said. "I
had to go home, I belonged
with my unit. They needed
me, and I needed them."
A veteran of the 1967 war,
Mr. Segal was no stranger to
front-line action. He said
that in both wars, he and his
fellow servicemen were not
necessarily afraid of the
enemy. They were more
afraid of the unknown, espe-
cially when it came to am-
His unit was one of four
assigned to destroy three
surface-to-air-missile bases
outside of Damascus. His
group had to secure what
was thought to be a vacant
Syrian village and act as
backup to the three other
groups. But when they
entered the village, they
discovered they were not
alone. They were being at-
tacked by Syrian, Jordanian
and Iraqi soldiers. It was
like a "rain of shells," he
- said.
Mr. Segal said his unit
ended up taking the village
and many prisoners. During
a two-week vacation from
the front, he took dance
courses to get his mind away
from the killing.
But when he returned, his
unit was sent to Mt. Har-
mon, a strategic point
overlooking Damascus. He
said that at one point, his
observation post fed needed
information to the Israeli
Air Force. He even witness-
ed aerial dogfights above
and below his post. He saw
two Israeli fighter planes
take on six Syrian Migs. The
two Israelis shot down four
of the planes while the other
two fled.
"When you are a soldier,

especially an Israeli soldier,
you try not to think about
death. You fight, and you
kill. You become a different
person. But you resolve that
you will die before you
become a prisoner of the
Mr. Segal said that his
most humbling moment
came when he visited a
friend in a military hospital
whose legs were blown away
by an artillery shell. An
hour before the incident, Mr.
Segal was standing in the
same exact place as his
friend. His friend had come
to relieve him.
As he prepares for Yom
Kippur this year, Mr. Segal
said he is still angry about
1973. He is angry at the
Arabs for attacking on the
Day of Atonement. He added
that even after Egypt's late
President Anwar Sadat
signed the Camp David Ac-

During a two-week
vacation from the
front, he took dance
courses to get his
mind away from the

cords, he was still angry at
Mr. Sadat for orchestrating
the attack.
A member of the Israeli re-
serves, Mr. Segal doesn't
think he'll have to return to
his country to fight because
of mounting tensions in the
area. He, however, keeps an
eye on the news and keenly
watches developments.
Some of those developments,
like the cooperation between
Syria and the U.S., surprise
him. But this year, he is hop-
ing that any Arab-U.S. coop-
eration will lend itself to a
lasting peace with Israel
after the Iraqi conflict is
long gone.
"This is a madman we
have here," he said about
Saddam Hussein. "He
doesn't remind me of the
immediate past in Israel. He
reminds me more of Hitler.
But I'm really confident that
Israel can defend itself.
Israel doesn't have the most
tanks or troops. But as histo-
ry has taught us, Israel
doesn't need the most. Israel
has God."

Dora Goldstein had a
premonition on erev Yom
Kippur while she and her
husband Les were going to
Kol Nidre services in Ramat
Gan. She said to her hus-
band that it would be some-

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