Sarit always remembers her son on Yom Hazikaron, or Israel's Memorial Day, who died in battle while serving for the IDF. But, today, she has more to celebrate in addition to honoring her son's life - she welcomed a baby girl on this special day!
Ilan, the father, said, "I have no explanation as to how this happened on Memorial Day. God works in strange ways. We remember our son today as we do every day, and we really wish we could have told him that he has a new baby sister. Ben is with us and always will be."
They said that they will decide on a name for their daughter after consulting with a rabbi.
Sarit, the mother, added that "this is the most emotional day for us, our family, our friends, and those who support us. I want to thank the wonderful nursing staff at the maternity ward here from the bottom of my heart. I gave birth to my four children here, and now to my fifth, a daughter."
Six other soldiers died along with Ben in the APC tradgedy, including Staff Sergeant Oren Simcha Noah, Staff Sergeant Daniel Pomerantz, Staff Sergeant Oren Shaul, Staff Sergeant Shachar Ta'ase, Sergeant Sean Mondshein, and Sergeant Max Steinberg.