Inbal Lieberman, the security coordinator of Kibbutz Nir Am since December 2022, is being praised for her heroic actions which led to the saving of an entire kibbutz from a Hamas terrorist attack.
As reported by the New York Post and Walla, Lieberman heard explosions early Saturday morning when Hamas launched its assault on Israel. She immediately realized that these were different from the typical rocket attacks experienced in her area close to Sderot and Gaza Strip.
In response, she opened up the armory and provided guns to a 12-member security team before devising a plan to combat the incoming terrorists. The team was able to successfully repel more than two dozen attackers; five of which were killed by Lieberman herself.
“She placed her squad of kibbutzniks in strategic positions across the settlement and set up ambushes that caught the gunmen off guard and turned the tables on them during their mission to inflict mass casualties,” the Post reported.
Lieberman killed five terrorists on her own, while her security team took out at least 20 more over a period of four hours. Together, they “turned Nir Am into an impenetrable fortress, while nearby kibbutzim suffered heavy losses,” the Post reported, citing Walla News.
Ilit Paz, the cultural coordinator at Nir Am, commented to Israel Hayom in appreciation of Lieberman’s leadership, noting that her husband had been part of a standby unit that had worked to minimize casualties. She described him as “amazing”.
“They heard the shots and made contact on their own with other members of the standby unit and with Inbal — and they understood that they were told to be on standby,” Paz said. “But Inbal made a decision not to wait and jumped operationally. In fact, the fact that they did it early prevented dozens of casualties.”
A social media post from ILTV Israel contended Lieberman “will receive the Israel Prize…[w]hen it’s all over,” which is state’s highest cultural honor.
“The story of her heroism is a story that will enter the Israeli myth for generations,” the post reads. “Inbal is the reason that there is one kibbutz in the entire surrounding area that remains unscathed. Kibbutz Nir Am.”
On Saturday, Hamas launched a terror attack on Israel that resulted in more than 1,100 deaths and 3,400 injuries. This attack occurred on the Jewish holiday of Shemini Atzeret, which marks the last festival of the High Holy Day cycle.
Reports also indicate that approximately 100 Israelis were kidnapped to Gaza—including women, children, and elderly persons who were abused during their abductions—and this incident has been referred to as “the worst massacre of Jews since the Holocaust.”
In response to this atrocity, the Israeli Air Force has struck at least 1,000 terror targets in Gaza while 300,000 reservists have been mobilized within a 48-hour period as forces continue strikes against Hamas terror targets.
During a White House press conference Tuesday, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan confirmed that 20 Americans are unaccounted for and 14 have been killed in Israel thus far.