Israel is commemorating last summer’s conflict in Gaza, Operation Protective Edge. Yesterday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at a ceremony mourning those brave IDF soldiers who gave their lives to protect the Holy Land:
Netanyahu – whose brother Yoni was the lone Israeli soldier killed during Operation Entebbe in Uganda in 1976 – said that while he empathizes with each bereaved family’s pain, he takes solace in knowing that his brother, and all fallen soldiers, saved lives.
“There isn’t any remedy for your pain,” he said. “But with all that pain, you truly understand that your loved ones saved lives… for the sake of Israel.”
Moreover, while Netanyahu said the decision to go to war is never taken lightly and that each fallen soldier is like a son to him, he emphasized that the IDF will “never hesitate to protect our country.”
“We come in peace, but we will protect our children and our future,” he said.
Still, the prime minister ended his speech on a hopeful, if not philosophical, note.
“Life is a flowing river that takes us forward and you will eventually know days of hope and happiness,” he said. “There will always be pain, but your loved ones died as heroes.”