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Nov 22, 2012 5:38 PM by Lupita Murillo

Tucson family has son fighting in the Israeli Army

TUCSON - A Tucson family is keeping a close eye on the Gaza conflict in Israel. The ceasefire between Israel and Hamas seems to be holding true. That's a good sign for Ann and Bob Segal. Their 24 year old son Steven, is a member of the Israeli army.

So there's one less place setting at the Thanksgiving dinner table this evening. Ann says, "Its sad that he's not here at home with us but it's also a good time to know that he's where he wants to be."

Steven Segal graduated from Catalina Foothills High School in 2007. He's attended Northern Arizona University and Pima Community College. Now, he is a corporal serving in the infantry. He's a sharpshooter. The parents spoke with him yesterday. His dad Bob says, "He's living in a tent on the border in Gaza and there was a cold snap and he didn't have his thermal underwear he says he's doing absolutely fine."

Up until recently, rockets lit up the night sky with Israeli air strikes, and Hamas fighting back.
The Segal's say they are concerned about their son's safety but at the same time they are proud of him and proud of what he believes in, "They are fighting for democracy" says his mother.

Israel is a country smaller than Pima county with the 10th strongest army in the world.

So the question is, why is their son not fighting for this country? His father says, "I don't know the answer to that, but I think if there were a French Foreign Legion he probably would've joined that. This is quite adventuresome and he may do United States Military afterwards."

Steven may be on the other side of the world but he's not forgotten his hometown he often wears his University of Arizona basketball jersey.

The Segal's have two other adult children who are home for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Segal's say they will celebrate again when Steven comes home. He's has two more years to serve.

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