After disobeying stern warnings from his security attache, former army chief-turned-politician Shaul Mofaz found himself in familiar territory while on a condolence visit to a southern kibbutz recently.
Mofaz was a few kilometers from the Gaza border when a volley of indiscriminate rocket fire pinned him and his staff down. That’s when, according to a post uploaded to Mofaz’s Facebook page, Mofaz sprang into action and ran to tend to an unnamed individual injured in one of the explosions.
The post further stated that Mofaz ordered his driver to take his assistant back to the country’s center and stayed there alone for an undisclosed amount of time to further tend to the scene of the attack.
It was not clear when the incident took place.
Mofaz, a former defense minister and current MK and head of the Kadima party, was in the south to pay a condolence call to the family of Daniel Tragerman, the 4-year-old killed by mortar fire on Friday.
On Saturday, current Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon canceled a visit to the area over fears of rocket fire. Army sources defended the move, saying it was possible that Hamas could be tracking officials and directing heavier fire at them.
Mofaz, a decorated veteran of multiple conflicts, is no stranger to action. He served as chief of staff in the Israel Defense Forces from 1998-2002.
His heroics were revealed in a flowery Facebook post, which claims to be written by his assistant and uploaded without his knowledge Monday. The post received several thousand “likes” in a matter of hours, with many users commending Mofaz.
“A great man, we need more people like this,” commented one admirer.
Others, however, remained more skeptical of the situation, implying the post was an obvious public relations stunt.
“Come on, Shaul. The public isn’t stupid,” another commenter wrote.