Meet little Tzuk Eitan
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Meet little Tzuk Eitan

Tiberias couple names newborn after Operation Protective Edge

Renee Ghert-Zand is a reporter and feature writer for The Times of Israel.

Illustrative photo of a newborn baby (photo credit: Moshe Shai/Flash90)
Illustrative photo of a newborn baby (photo credit: Moshe Shai/Flash90)

He’s the first — but will he be the last? On Tuesday, a baby boy was named Tzuk Eitan, in honor of the current military operation against Hamas in Gaza.

The infant was born in Tiberias to Chana and Meir Guttman on July 8, the day that Operation Protective Edge, as it is known in English, began.

As reported by Ynet, the father did not tell his wife that hostilities had officially broken out while she was in labor with their fourth child. He did not want to worry her, especially since her family lives in Beersheba. Nonetheless, Guttman decided even before the child was born that he would name him after the military operation.

“I said, ‘God, just you and I know, but this is going to be the name of the child who will be born,'” the father recounted.

According to Guttman, after his wife recovered from the birth, she agreed with him on the name. “Her family is sitting under missile attack, so the name is really appropriate for us.”

The guests at the brit milah for the baby boy were reportedly stunned when the couple announced the name. “The mohel was in shock, there was complete silence in the room. And then after a moment, people started to cry. They were really moved,” reported the father.

Guttman said the name was an obvious choice and a show of confidence, because he believes in the IDF and the security forces, the cabinet and the government.

“I believe that this operation will achieve its goal and that in the end it will be followed by peace and quiet for the residents of the south and the whole country,” he said.

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