After waking up, Gilboa told his wife, Shulamit: "I love my people and the Land of Israel; this is who I am, this is my life's mission, and I don't need anything else."
His wife echoed that spirit.
"I had a feeling something had happened to my husband, and I asked that I be allowed inside the ambulance," Shulamit Gilboa said. "I helped stop the bleeding from his head as he was being taken to the hospital. We will stay and continue to fight for our community and for the Land of Israel. We will defend our country. The Land of Israel is part of who we are."
Shulamit Gilboa is a nurse in the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem and volunteers as a paramedic. She arrived at the scene and treated her husband and has stood by him in the Hadassah Medical Center Ein Kerem since. Although his situation has improved, he is still suffering from moderate wounds.
On Sunday, an IDF major who lost his eye in the 2014 Gaza war visited Gilboa as a show of solidarity. The major, whose name is withheld for security reasons, was a deputy commander of an elite unit during the fighting. He told Gilboa that despite his injury, he has since completed his university studies and returned to the military.
Meanwhile, the parents of fallen Israeli soldier Staff Sgt. Oron Shaul, whose body has been held by Hamas since the Gaza war, arrived at the murdered girl's home to offer their condolences. As soon as Zehava Shaul entered the home, Hallel's mother, Rina, walked up to her and said: "The mother of the angel, the mother of Oron Shaul, has come to offer her condolences. But we are the ones who need to comfort you." She then gave Zehava a big hug.
Zehava Shaul responded: "We have to stay strong," and Rina Ariel said, "I hope Oron protects my daughter up there. ... Violence doesn't solve a thing. We need dialogue and we need to love one another and to understand that there are other ways to solve things."