San Antonio man volunteers to fight in Israel war

Family says Ze’ev Bar Yadin arrived in Israel late Sunday evening

SAN ANTONIO – With his uniform sleeves rolled up, Ze’ev Bar Yadin is in Israel, thousands of miles away from his San Antonio home, ready to fight.

His dad, Reuben Bar Yadin, said he landed in Israel late Sunday evening.

“His spirits are high,” said Reuben Bar Yadin. “He’s very calm, is very, very focused.”

The 28-year-old previously served in the Israel Defense Forces for three years.

Reuben Bar Yadin said watching the horror unfold in his native Israel is personal for his family.

“They came to attack civilians,” he said. “They came to attack Israel.”

It’s why Reuben Bar Yadin said Ze’ev made the decision on Saturday to head to Israel.

“He had a very, very strong sense of duty that his place is there,” he said. “To do his part.”

Ze’ev’s mother and pregnant wife are having a tough time with his choice, said Reuben Bar Yadin -- but it’s a sacrifice he doesn’t take lightly.

“I am extremely proud of him,” said Reuben Bar Yadin, grinning. “I don’t know how else to describe it.”

That sense of duty is something he feels, too.

Reuben Bar Yadin said he’s heading to Israel in a couple of weeks for a trip he’d already planned.

“Somebody asked me, ‘aren’t you think about canceling?’” he said. “I said, ‘Hell no, Why would I cancel?’ And I feel a need to be there.”

Reuben Bar Yadin said his son is joined in Israel by another man from San Antonio, who also volunteered to fight.

“I think San Antonio is well-represented,” he said.

About the Authors

Daniela Ibarra joined the KSAT News team in July 2023. This isn’t her first time in the KSAT newsroom– the San Antonio native spent the summer of 2017 as an intern. Daniela is a proud Mean Green alum, earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of North Texas.

Before starting at KSAT in August 2011, Ken was a news photographer at KENS. Before that he was a news photographer at KVDA TV in San Antonio. Ken graduated from San Antonio College with an associate's degree in Radio, TV and Film. Ken has won a Sun Coast Emmy and four Lone Star Emmys. Ken has been in the TV industry since 1994.

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