PLAINVIEW - A 20-year-old Plainview man is heading to Israel to fight in the current conflict with Hamas militants.

Zachary Bader says he made his decision last year to join the Israeli defense forces.

Bader told News 12 that he has already received eight months of combat training. He says he realizes the danger of entering the region.

“I pray that nothing will happen to me. That I go in peace and leave in peace,” he said.

Bader’s base is located inside the West Bank, where he will be doing patrols.