One of the Israeli Soldiers Killed in Gaza Was a Texan
A man from Texas was one of at least two Israeli soldiers from the United States to be killed in Gaza this weekend as fighting between Israelis and Palestinians intensified.
Sgt. Sean Carmeli, 21, grew up on South Padre Island in the Gulf of Mexico, just off Texas’ southernmost tip, a local rabbi told the Los Angeles Times.
“He had always a cheerful smile. He was always optimistic about life,” said Rabbi Asher Hecht of Chabad of the Rio Grande Valley.
Carmeli’s Israeli-born parents lived on South Padre Island for more than two decades and built a beach business there, said Hecht, who called himself a close friend of the family.
Carmeli began high school at St. Joseph Academy in nearby Brownsville, according to his Facebook page. Then, wanting their son and two daughters to experience a larger Jewish community, his parents moved the family to Israel about five years ago, Hecht said.
Carmeli — who used the Hebrew first name Nissim — was a member of the Israel Defense Forces’ Golani Brigade.