Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met IDF orphans, accompanied by the Organization of IDF Widows and Orphans, on Thursday.
“We are all one big family,” Netanyahu told the orphans. “The pain is present in each and every one of us, all of the time. The pain is personal and different in each person, but we share something, a common pain.”
The prime minister wrote on his Facebook page after the meeting, “In this room, where I met the children, many of the state decisions are made. The decisions that are made safeguard the state of Israel. Their fathers are the heroes who acted so that we could live here, and the price is a very heavy one. We live with the pain every day. I do not forget my brother for a single second. The day he was killed was a very difficult day.
“We, the bereaved families, understand each other’s pain even without talking, but you should know that talking and sharing eases the pain. Regrettably, it took me many years to understand this.
“There are 23,000 fallen soldiers from Israel’s wars since the state was founded,” he added. “In the Holocaust, 20,000 Jews were slaughtered every day. The difference between these two numbers is due to their fathers.”
Life goes on and it is strong, Netanyahu added, despite the pain and the scars that remain. “I asked them, in the end, to keep on supporting their mothers. The mothers are an object of admiration.”
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A short film about The Rescue, and a very good music about it. In memory of Lieutenant Colonel Yoni Netanyahu.
Pictures and music are from:
For the memory of lieutenant-colonel
The hero of Entebbe’s Operation
A friend, a soldier, a commander
Words: Herzl Golan, 1985 A friend from the Unit.
Performance: Arik Lavi
Melody: Igal Hared
Amongst the mountains and between the seas
The airplanes passed towards an unknown destination
The command to land was given
The command to move was given
Yoni whispered: follow me, follow me wherever I turn,
Only a light of the fireflies escorted them forwards
And marked to them dark long paths.
He marched erect,
And so did his soldiers too,
He marched with his weapons cocked
And so did his soldiers;
He read the starts’ map,
And so did his soldiers. The team he led Towards beyond the mountains Towards the unknown. The team he led To the great battle for the freedom of Israel Nobody heard, nobody knew.
When the sounds pf the cannons and the firing fell silent
And from far away the voices of those who return
Home, to motherland, were heard,
A good looking girl has moved the curtain
And has looked up at the sky.
One star that has extinguished in the sky
Is a sign for her –
Yoni will not be back to her
And the echo of his voice will not be heard amongst his soldiers,
Only the light of the fireflies has lit her
The paths of yesterday in the clover fields
And the blossoming of spring. The team he led Towards beyond the mountains Towards the unknown. The team he led To the great battle for the freedom of Israel Nobody heard, nobody knew.
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