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Celebrity bodyguards join Israel’s fight against Hamas terrorists

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October 18, 2023

Celebrity bodyguards, including Oded Krashinsky and an unnamed Taylor Swift bodyguard, have returned to their native country of Israel to join the fight against Hamas terrorists.

According to The New York Post, Oded Krashinsky, a veteran lieutenant in an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) secret service special operations unit and the head of Los Angeles-based Advanced Security Concepts, has taken a proactive role in training IDF soldiers and kibbutz members in Northern Israel.

Previously, Krashinsky provided security services for celebrities like Nicole Kidman. Speaking to The New York Post, he stated, “I came here to help my unit. The morale is tense. The main threat is invasion — we have to deflect it, fight it, and protect against it.”

The IDF veteran stressed the importance of his home country, saying, “I am who I am because I came from here. At the end of the day, it’s about experience, decision-making, tactics, and leadership — that’s what I felt I could bring, and that’s what I do now.”

Krashinsky, who spent over three decades in the United States as a security consultant, emphasized the challenge and commitment required in his current role. “We’re putting protocol and procedures in place for safety and shelter. There’s a lot of strategic decision,” he remarked. “We are well prepared right now. Everyone understands that they have to give their all.”

Taylor Swift’s bodyguard also recently flew back to Israel. He told Eran Swisa of Israel Hayom news that he “couldn’t stand by while families were slaughtered and burned alive in their homes.”

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In a statement to Variety, Swift’s bodyguard further mentioned that he previously lived in an Israeli kibbutz. While he described his time working for Swift as his “dream job,” he indicated that he could not remain on the sidelines as Israeli civilians were being killed “just for being Jewish or for being Israelis.”

Historically, the Hollywood security bodyguard community has seen many Israeli combat veterans join its ranks, according to The New York Post.

Aaron Cohen, an Israeli special operations vet and bodyguard to stars like Kim Kardashian, Britney Spears, and Katy Perry, told The New York Post about the rich legacy of IDF veterans serving as bodyguards, highlighting figures like Elizabeth Taylor’s late bodyguard Moshe Alon.

Cohen observed, “There’s a lot of them going back [to Israel to fight]. These guys are very deeply connected.”

Krashinsky told The New York Post that his celebrity clients, such as Kidman, have reached out to him, wishing him safety as he faces the devastating conflict in the Middle East.

Krashinsky explained, “Some clients are like my family — I’ve worked with them for 15 more years. They call, and they text.”

This news article was partially created with the assistance of artificial intelligence and edited and fact-checked by a human editor.