Eldad Regev, z”l
Eldad Regev (26 at the time of his abduction) was born and raised in Kiryat Motzkin, the son of Zvi and the late Tova Regev, and brother of Benny, Ofer and Eyal.
Eldad completed his secondary education at the Yeshiva High School in Kiryat Shmuel. He excelled in biology and passed all his matriculation exams with ease. In spite of his mother Tova's untimely death when he was in the 12th grade, Eldad decided to serve in a combat unit and volunteered for the elite Givati infantry brigade. After his army service, like most of his friends, he traveled to the Far East. On his return he started to work while at the same time enrolling in Bar Ilan University's pre-law preparatory course with the aim of being accepted to the university's law faculty.
Friends describe Eldad Regev:
One of the qualities that made Eldad so special was the kindness of his heart - never hesitating to donate and offer aid to anyone in need. Eldad made many friends throughout high school and during his army service, all of whom can attest to his fine qualities.
Among Eldad's hobbies were soccer (he had passed a coaching course and was a fan of the Maccabi Tel Aviv team), music and books. A fanatic soccer fan, before being called up for reserve duty Eldad closely followed the World Cup games. He also attended the concert given by Roger Water (of Pink Floyd) in Kerem Shalom.
Eldad was called up for military reserve duty after completing his exams at the preparatory course in Bar Ilan University. Three days before his abduction he visited his family and participated in the annual memorial for his mother. Later, he watched the last game of the World Cup between Italy and France. The following day he returned to the complete the remainder of his reserve duty.
On July 12, 2006 Eldad was abducted and taken to Lebanon after Hizbullah attacked his military patrol.
Eldad Regev was posthumously promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class. Sergeant 1st Class Eldad Regev, from Kiryat Mozkin, was buried on Thursday, July 17, 2008, at the Haifa Military Cemetery.
אלדד, חיינו בעולם שבו רצינו להאמין שהאויב שלנו הוא כמונו בדיוק. עולם שבו רצינו להושיט יד, לעשות שלום. חשבנו שאנחנו מדברים עם אנשים שבסוף היום רוצים גם הם לגדל ילד, להריח פרח, לאהוב נערה. כמונו בדיוק. אבל האויב שלנו הראה לנו שהוא בדיוק - לא כמונו. שכל מה שאנחנו כן - הוא לא. האויב שלנו נחשף כהיפך המוחלט שלנו, תמונת מראה אכזרית לכל מה שאנושי ומקובל בקהילת בני האדם. ואף על פי כן לא נפסיק לנסות.
אלדד - אני עומד כאן היום עצוב, בוכה אבל גאה. אני גאה במדינה שלי שנלחמה איתי כדי שתחזור. אני גאה בכל אזרח ואזרח שהרגיש שאתה אח שלו, בדיוק כמוני. אני גאה בערבות ההדדית ובאהבה הגדולה שהרעיפו עלינו המשפחות עליך ועל אודי.