Earlier on Thursday, our hearts were broken to learn of the deaths of two IDF soldiers in yet another terrorist shooting in the Holy Land. But just as heartbreaking is what The Times of Israel's Alexander Fulbright tells us about Yosef Cohen and Yoval Mor Yosef — two young men who put the lives of their fellow Israelis and fellow soldiers ahead of their own:
A pair of Israeli soldiers killed in a terror shooting in the central West Bank were identified on Thursday evening as Staff Sgt. Yovel Mor Yosef, 20, and Sgt. Yosef Cohen, 19.
Mor Yosef was from the southern city of Ashkelon. Cohen was a resident of Beit Shemesh. Both were members of the Kfir Brigade’s Netzah Yehuda infantry battalion, a unit for religious soldiers...
Mor Yosef’s uncle told reporters his nephew was supposed to return home Thursday, but volunteered to remain with his unit to give other soldiers time off.
“His life goal was to serve in a combat unit. This is what he did and wanted. He really enjoyed serving, [he] contributed and volunteered,” Sami Mor Yosef said.
After Mor Yosef was named as one of the slain soldiers, Hebrew media reports played an audio message he sent to a friend Thursday morning before the attack.
“If you pass by Givat Assaf don’t forget me, bro. I love you,” Mor Yosef said in the prescient recording...