Izzy Ezagui

  • Inspirational Israeli-American Soldier

Izzy Ezagui is an American-born one-armed squad commander in the Israel Defense Forces. He was injured in combat, losing his dominant arm and returned to the fight. In, May of 2011, Shimon Peres, the president of Israel, awarded him the highest accolade a soldier outside the battlefield can receive.

Izzy receives and accepts invitations to speak at all types of events around the world, and he has addressed audiences of well over one thousand on the topics of motivation, success, overcoming obstacles, and the Israeli army.

 
  

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Biography

Born and raised in America, Izzy was invited to join an educational group traveling to Israel when he was eighteen. He went in search of fun and returned committed to join the Israeli army. Soon after he finished his training, war broke out on the border of Gaza. Two weeks later, he was hit by a mortar and lost his left and dominant arm. That didn’t stop him either. His first thought in the hospital was that he must return to combat. Most people thought he was dreaming, but two months later, he was lucky enough to meet a general who would give him that chance. Soon he was doing one-armed pushups, climbing rope, shooting assault rifles, and pulling out grenade pins with his teeth.

In, May of 2011, Shimon Peres, the president of Israel, awarded him the highest accolade a soldier outside the battlefield can receive.

Izzy receives and accepts invitations to speak at all types of events around the world, and he has addressed audiences of well over one thousand on the topics of motivation, success, overcoming obstacles, and the Israeli army.

His story is not over, far from it. He continues to serve in the military reserves in an elite unit that will play a big part in any battle Israel faces in the coming years.