|Born||July 27, 1975
|Died||July 26, 2006 (aged 31)
Bint Jbeil, Southern Lebanon
|Unit||Battalion 51 of the Golani Brigade|
|Commands held||Deputy battalion commander|
|Battles/wars||2006 Lebanon War
*Battle of Bint Jbeil
|Awards||Medal of Courage|
Roi Klein (Hebrew: רועי קליין; IPA: [ʁoˈʕi klain]; (July 27, 1975—July 26, 2006) was an Israeli major in the Golani Brigade of the Israeli Defense Forces (and one of its most highly decorated soldiers) who died during the 2006 Lebanon War. Klein was killed in the Battle of Bint Jbeil after jumping on a grenade to save his fellow soldiers.
Klein was born in Raanana, Israel. His parents, Aharon and Shoshana Klein, were Holocaust survivors. His father's side originated from Germany and fled to Palestine at the onset of World War II. Most of his mother's family was killed in the Holocaust.
Israel Defense Forces
Klein began his IDF service in the Paratroopers Brigade but later transferred to the Golani Brigade's Egoz Reconnaissance Unit. In 2002, Klein received a Chief of Staff Citation for his conduct during an ambush near Nablus in which five Palestinian militants were killed. At the time of his death, Klein was the deputy commander of the 51st Battalion of the Golani Brigade.
Battle of Bint Jbeil
During the Battle of Bint Jbeil, a hand grenade was thrown over the wall that was between Hezbollah militants, and Klein and his unit. Klein told his men "Klein's dead, Klein's dead" and subsequently jumped on the live grenade and stopped the explosion with his body. The soldiers reported that Klein recited the Jewish prayer, Shema Yisrael, as he jumped on the grenade. According to The Telegraph he yelled "Long live Israel", although this was probably a misinterpretation of "Shema Yisrael". He died one day before his 31st birthday.
Akiva Eldar of Haaretz questioned the hero status of Klein because he had lived in an illegal outpost in the West Bank. Eldar asked how an officer "who breaks the law and ignores a court order" can serve as a model for his soldiers.
- "Dead soldier's West Bank home at risk". United Press International. July 14, 2009. Retrieved 22 February 2012.
- Lazaroff, Tovah; Dan Izenberg (July 17, 2009). "Family of Golani hero may lose home". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 22 February 2012.
- Meotti, Giulio (2010). A New Shoah: The Untold Story of Israel's Victims of Terrorism. Encounter Books. p. 386. ISBN 978-1-59403-477-0.
- Katz, Yossi (2010). A Voice Called: Stories of Jewish Heroism. Gefen Publishing House. p. 193. ISBN 978-965-229-480-7.
- Butcher, Tom (9 August 2007). "Israel honours bravery of armed forces". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 22 February 2012.
- Netanya weekly, 22/08/2006 (Hebrew)
- HaLevi, Ezra. "'Medal of Courage' to be Awarded to Fallen Maj. Ro'i Klein". Artuz Sheva. Israel National News. Retrieved December 24, 2011.
- Akiva Eldar (27 April 2010). "Why does the IDF allow officers to live in illegal outposts?". Haaretz. Retrieved March 15, 2012.