Kobi Ichelbom

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“It’s not extraordinary to become a good soldier from a home like mine, what's important is to take someone having a difficult time and to lift him up".

                                                                                                Kobi Ichelbom HY"D


Kobi Ichlebom was born on May 15, 1981. The youngest son of Aviva and Shalom, and brother of Motti, Kobi attended the Gordon Elementary School in Givatayim, and completed his high-school studies at Shimon Ben Tzvi High School. Kobi was an athlete, playing for the Hapoel basketball team in Givatayim.

In 1999, Kobi was drafted into the Givati Brigade, became a combat soldier, and then chose to participate in commander's combat training. He became certified as an instructor, and became a platoon sergeant. Throughout his service, Kobi received decorations for his outstanding service. His soldiers and commanders indicate that humility, devotion and loyalty, honesty and compassion were his notable features. 

Three values were the guiding principles for Kobi: Home and family, friendship, and love for Israel.

Home and Family

Kobi was born into a family which was like a nest for him. Kobi was aware of the importance of the family to its members. He believed you should do anything you could in order to be a launching pad for youth being drafted into the army and for active duty soldiers.

Throughout his service, Kobi worked hard to nurture soldiers who came from economically disadvantaged families, or who no longer had a connection with their family. Kobi understood that for these soldiers, army service was a second chance, and as their commander his responsibility was to help them se this chance. Kobi was proud of his soldiers' achievements, and encouraged them to become leaders and cmmanders themselves. Many of his soldiers described him as a protective father, who nurtured them with concern, care, warmth, and love.

Friendship

Kobi educated his soldiers with the values of teamwork, with the understanding that the power of the group is stronger than the individual.

Kobi's friends in civilian life and in his army service were from all walks of life: people from kibbutzes, people from cities, both religious and secular, and both rich and poor. In Kobi's eyes, everyone was equal.

Love for Israel

Kobi believed in the promise of the land of Israel, and in the right of its citizens to live here as a free people, certain of their direction on the path of peace.

Kobi was a promise to the land of Israel.


I Believe

I believe in a number of things, which are, in my opinion, essential to frame conservation (no matter what her size), and which I would like to leave you with:

I believe first and foremost in common sense, which should guide your in all your action.

I believe in the responsibility of every commander: a good commander is one that feels full responsibility for everything he takes command of.

I believe in never passing the buck, but stopping it right here, with us.

I believe in paying attention to details. Anyone who doesn't, and tries to save himself the time, will fail in his intrinsic assignment: preparing his unit for war.

I believe that you should never compromise with results. Don't compromise with the second possible best (which we sould continue to improve).

I believe that the greatest risk to the wellbeing of a unit is preoccupation with one's own wellbeing. I'd like my brigade's soldiers to walk around always concerned - that maybe they didn't do something extra for the group.

I believe that all of a brigade's efforts must be placed for one principal goal: victory in war. We shouldn't get distracted by other priorities.

I believe with all of my heart in our ability to carry out the military assignment placed before us, and I believe in you - in the brigade.

And I believe in Israel and in the general feeling of responsibility that should be accompagning every person fighting for the future of his homeland".

From "Yoni's Letters" (Maariv Publishing, pages 274-5).


These are the truths that Kobi Ichlebom believed in, acted upon, and educated his soldiers. Kobi fell in combat in Netzarim, on March 10, 2002. 

 

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