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Israeli mountaineer Nadav Ben-Yahuda will receive Israel's Presidential Medal of Honor for his rescue of a Turkish climber after abondaning his climb to the summit of Mount Everest, 300 meters away from the peak, according to ynetnews.com.  

The 24-year-old climber reportedly tried to convince authorities not to award him the medal as he does not believe his actions were important enough to justify receiving the award.   

"I am surprised, they called me from the president's residence and told me that [he] wants to give me the medal of honor, and I'm still trying to convince them to give it up," the Israeli climber said.  "I heard about the people who have received this medal, and I don't think I am in the same caliber. Some of these people did amazing things,"  

Ben-Yahuda reportedly did not regret being unable to complete his climb  and become the youngest Israeli to reach Everest’s summit due to saving a Turkish climber.  

"A person's life, any person's life, is more valuable than anything," he said. "I knew that I might lose my fingers, but that wasn't something I could worry about because that would be immoral."

May/29/2012

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Turk down under

5/30/2012 4:13:47 PM

@Danny b Danny, You're too funny, unfortunately this is how media these days try to depict Israel and by some of the comments here, it's sad that people believe every thing that is written without trying to learn the facts first. @Erden Teoman. Shame that Palestinians target Israeli kindergartens with daily rocket attacks in towns like sderrot (google please). How do you think the IDF should respond? How would the Turkish army respond to say Kurdish rocket attacks where children go to school

Zack Alexander

5/30/2012 12:12:16 PM

Hat Tip for Erden Teoman's comment: Well done for saving a life, shame the rest of Israel does not see life in the way that this man does, they see a Palestinian pregnant woman and see her as a target, they see a school, hospital and children women and men and see a target. The Israeli regime think they are a superior race of human beings a lot like Hitler did.

Erden Teoman

5/30/2012 12:44:04 AM

Well done for saving a life, shame the rest of Israel does not see life in the way that this man does, they see a Palestinian pregnant woman and see her as a target, they see a school, hospital and children women and men and see a target. The Israeli regime think they are a superior race of human beings a lot like Hitler did.

Murat Çelik

5/29/2012 9:28:08 PM

Murat, please watch some videos on the internet, there are plenty. Turkish citizens started the violence on purpose. Dont defend those men.

Tomas Rivera

5/29/2012 8:14:10 PM

Don't hold your breath waiting for a "Presidential" medal from Turkey . . Israelis are "persona ignorare" in the new Islamic Republic of Turkey

shmack shmack

5/29/2012 5:57:56 PM

Nice story Danny B Danny. You got any sources with that? if not, thanks for your lovely fairy tale. As for this brave rescuer, it's a shame that his government is abusing him for propaganda.

dab ban

5/29/2012 5:15:36 PM

That's very nice. God Bless Israel. If this happened in reverse (a Turkish man rescued an Israeli man) the act would probably be condemned in Turkey for helping "the enemy."

Ziya Yurttas

5/29/2012 4:27:43 PM

Only 0.1 % of humans can show such an altruistic behaviour. Nadav Ben-Yahuda deserves that honor. In fact, he deserves 3 awards, one for bravery, one for honesty and one for modesty. Congratulations.

Murat

5/29/2012 3:31:07 PM

Here is one who actually deserved a medal unlike his IDF compatriots who cowardly executed nine Turkish citizens.

Danny B Danny

5/29/2012 2:47:56 PM

it reminds story of a woman been attacked by a Gorilla in the Istanbul zoo She screamed for help but people were afraid. till a brave man entered the cage hit the ape and rescued the woman. the brave man interviewed by journalists and TV , all admired him, till someone asked him who are you ? he said I'm an officer in the IDF-the Israeli army and I'm on holidays. the news reported as follows: " A cruel Israeli officer had brutally attacked an helpless chimp grabbing k the food from the hungry
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