Yesterday we reported on the death of the 19-year-old police officer, Hadar Cohen, who was wounded in a Jerusalem terror attack. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the other officer wounded in the attack, who told him that Hadar saved her life:
Netanyahu praised the injured warriors, telling them "Your responsiveness and resourcefulness prevented a huge disaster. All of Israel embraces you and hopes you get better soon."
Ravit recounted to the Prime Minister the sequence of events during the attack, adding, "We are here to protect citizens. This is why we enlisted and why we are here. I have no doubt Hadar knew this and acted out of this belief."
"I understand that Hadar saved my life," she added.
This afternoon, Hadar was laid to rest at Yehud Military Cemetery, where she was remembered by her loved ones as "larger than life":
Cohen's father Ofer recited the Kaddish prayer for his daughter, before eulogizing her: "My beloved Hadar, my dear daughter...who was more beloved to me than anything. How am I supposed to separate from you now, how?"
With grief in his voice, he continued, "everyone says you were a hero, a true hero, that you saved lots of people with your body and soul. But no one truly knows you my Hadar, your warmth. I have three words (in Hebrew - ed.) to tell you: I'm proud of you. I'm proud of you and salute you. Rest in peace, may your soul be entwined in life..."
An aunt, Zehavit Cohen, said, "Hadar was a good girl and stunning. Everything she wanted, she achieved. She longed to join the Border Police and fought to get there. She always said how fun and good it was, even when it was hard."
"I told her, 'Don't worry, you are larger than life.'"