252. Eli Elefant. On The Ground In Israel. A First-Hand Look From an American IDF Veteran. At The Aftermath Of Hamas’ Attack. What The Future Holds For The Palestinians. Perspective On The Attacks And Response. What American Jews Have Been Feeling.


It has been 38 days since the terrible attacks in Israel by Hamas occurred. 38 days of horror. 38 days of pain and suffering. On all sides.

The attacks on October 7th will be with us forever. And as Israel comes to grasp what that means, we could all use some perspective. For most Americans this conflict is just another in a string of never ending wars. A blip on a phone screen. Just another Tweet. It’s easy to lose perspective. 

But none of us can afford to lose perspective. Not when there are innocent children caught in the middle of all of it. And there’s no better way to get perspective than to talk to somebody that’s there. On the ground. In the thick of it. And so we are joined today by Eli Elefant.

Eli Elefant, CEO of the Israeli firm Property & Building Corp.’s U.S. division. Born and raised in Israel, Elefant, served in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) from 1996 until 2002, most recently as a Special Forces officer. He fought in southern Lebanon in the late 1990s and during the second Palestinian intifada of 2000 and along the way, became an American citizen, philanthropist and advocate for veterans of all backgrounds. And while living in New York with his family, he has long served on the Board of Directors for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA). He’s been in the fight and he knows the terrain. It’s a fascinating look inside and you can only get it here.

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