Israeli-born 'KISS' rocker Gene Simmons sends get-well video to wounded soldier
Israeli-born "KISS" rocker Gene Simmons sent a get-well video to an Israel Defense Forces soldier wounded in Lebanon, calling him a hero the world should be proud of.
"I can't tell you how proud I am of you and how much the world and Israel owe you a debt of gratitude," Simmons told Ron Weinreich, a tank crewman paralysed from the chest down, in a video broadcast on Saturday on Channel 2 television.
Channel 2 said the KISS bassist made the video for Weinreich, a fan of the legendary rock group, at the request of Israel's Soldiers' Welfare Assocation, a fund-raising group.
Weinreich, hospitalized near Tel Aviv, was wounded two weeks ago in fighting against Hezbollah guerrillas.
"From the bottom of my heart, you're a real hero, you're everybody's hero, you're my hero," said Simmons, who recorded the video in the United States.
He added in Hebrew: "My name is Haim. I was born in Haifa."
Simmons was born Haim Witz in the northern port city in 1949. He emigrated to the United States at the age of eight with his mother, a survivor of a Nazi concentration camp. [link]
This brings tears. Good for you Gene-Haim.
posted by: jrtelegraph