To understand Ran's story, you need to understand Israel's history in Lebanon. After many wars, Israel maintained defensive positions in Lebanon to be an early warning and first line of defense against Hezbollah attacks. At some point, Israel tried to remove itself from Lebanon completely but they did so in small amounts, leaving soldiers there with less protection than usual in the process. Ran was one of the last units to be removed. It was his third time going to Lebanon and the first time he did not tell his mom. He told his father but, for some reason, had him swear to keep it a secret. He and his partner had a routine they normally did. This time, they did it differently. That saved his life. He heard a whistle and then experienced complete darkness. He woke up realizing that he was no longer in his tank. A mortar shell had landed 5 meters away. Had they done their usual routine, they would have been right there. Ran couldn't move his legs but felt no pain. He picked his head up and saw lots of blood coming from his stomach and thought to himself "ok, I won't look down there anymore." His Commanding Officer, Omri, was first on the scene and saved his life. Ran's son is now named Omri. He was operated on for 14 hours and the doctors found many miracles: a piece of shrapnel that stopped in the back of his ear, an inch or less from his brain, another piece of shrapnel that pierced his stomach, inches from his spine and one through his groin that severed an artery but, due to the heat of the burning steel, cauterized the wound and kept him from bleeding out. He went through 6 months living in the hospital and another 6 months back and forth everyday with physical and emotional therapy. He felt so thankful to the psychiatrists that treated him that he studied and is now a psychologist helping others.
Ran was tattooed on October 28, 2018 by artist Alessandro Capozzi at Tel Aviv City Hall.