Former ex-diplomat turned musician Gilad Millo is a proud father after his firstborn son Omer
joined the Israel Defense Forces as a paratrooper.

Gilad captured the emotional parting in a moving post on Instagram that showed the strong bond between father and son.

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“I hugged you this morning for as long as I could until it was time to let you go. How can a father possibly be prouder?

My son, my boy, my first born, my pride, my Omer sending you off today to join the Israel Defense Force, as a Paratrooper knowing that tomorrow Mom and I are on a plane back to Kenya, was one of the more difficult moments we’ve known since you came into this world a little over 20 years ago.

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I hugged you this morning for as long as I could until it was time to let you go 💟 How can a father possibly be prouder 🙏🏽 My son, my boy, my first born, my pride, my Omer 👑 sending you off today to join the Israel Defense Force, as a Paratrooper 🇮🇱 knowing that tomorrow Mom & I are on a plane back to Kenya, was one of the more difficult moments we've known since you came into this world a little over 20 years ago ⭐ But this is the choice you made, to be a real Israeli, to return to #Israel alone and serve your country as a lone soldier and as you say, to aim as high as you can and give it your all 💪🏽 I ask God to protect and keep you healthy, safe, happy and strong! Counting the days till I can hug you again ❤ Love you to the moon and back – Your very proud Dad!

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But this is the choice you made, to be a real Israeli, to return to Israel alone and serve your country as a lone soldier and as you say, to aim as high as you can and give it your all. I ask God to protect and keep you healthy, safe, happy and strong! Counting the days till I can hug you again Love you to the moon and back – Your very proud Dad!”

It is mandatory for all Israeli citizens at the age of 18 and 23 to join the military service and
serve for two years and eight months.

Gilad, who is the former deputy head of mission at the Israel Embassy in Kenya fell involve with the country’s culture. He went on to become one of the best Kenyan Swahili pop star musician.

He is famously known for his hit single ‘unajua’ feat Wendy kimani.

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