Israeli climber who saved Turk on Everest to receive medal from Peres
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Israeli climber who saved Turk on Everest to receive medal from Peres

Nadav Ben Yehuda, who could have been youngest Israeli to summit Mt. Everest, says he didn’t do anything out of the ordinary

Israeli mountain climber Nadav Ben Yehuda (left) with Aydin Irmak, the Turkish climber he rescued on Mount Everest (Photo credit: Channel 2 screen capture)
Israeli mountain climber Nadav Ben Yehuda (left) with Aydin Irmak, the Turkish climber he rescued on Mount Everest (Photo credit: Channel 2 screen capture)

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli who abandoned his quest to reach the summit of Mount Everest to rescue a Turkish climber will receive Israel’s Presidential Medal of Honor.

Nadav Ben Yehuda, 24, was informed that he will receive the award next month at President Shimon Peres’ residence in Jerusalem, Ynet reported.

Ben Yehuda told Ynet that he does not believe he is of the same caliber as other recipients, who include former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger; Judith Feld Carr, a Canadian-Jewish musician and human rights activist who helped smuggle thousands of Jews out of Syria; and conductor Zubin Mehta.

He carried the injured Turkish climber back to the base camp without scaling the last 300 yards to the top. He would have become the youngest Israeli to reach the mountain’s summit.

Ben Yehuda suffered frostbite in his fingers because he removed his gloves to keep a better grip on the injured climber during the rescue. He is still in danger of losing some of his fingers, though doctors have removed skin and flesh but no bone, he told Ynet.

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