While countless mothers, wives, and sisters worry about a husband, brother, or son on the frontlines, the army has called up six out of 12 children of a mother identified only as Ruti by Channel 12 TV News.
All of them are in the reserves. They join four of Ruti’s sons-in-law at the front, three grandchildren, and a nephew from Brazil, who is serving as a lone soldier.
Ruti said that she has had sons going off to the army and taking part in military operations for many years, but that six was the record.
Asked whether she phoned 12 children every day to find out how they were, she said “Not at all.” Five sons were married and their wives were the “real heroines,” she went on. “They’re at home with the children, with smiles on their faces, because that’s what the children need.”
Ruti said the TV in her house was turned off and that maintaining a routine helped her most. Grandchildren popped in and out, and with them, she passed the time.
“I trust my children. I know they have good thoughts, I know they are amazing and know how to do what is needed, when it is needed,” she added. “I hug them from afar, them and everyone else.”
“I know we’re doing the right thing,” she told the TV channel. “Our role, on the home front, is to support them.”
One of her sons, Ariel, added, “All the strength we have here is thanks to the home front.” As long as his mother and the men’s wives are strong, “we’ll win on the front.”