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Netanyahu Talks of Personal Loss with Children of Fallen Soldiers

PM Netanyahu meets with children of fallen IDF soldiers (Photo: Haim Zach/GPO)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepared for Yom HaZikaron, Israel's Memorial Day, by visiting children of fallen IDF soldiers. Israel Hayom reports that the Prime Minister told the grieving youngsters that he understands what they are going through:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara met in Jerusalem on Monday with a group of children of IDF soldiers who fell in battle and Israel Prison Service and Israel Police personnel who perished in the 2010 Carmel fire.

The children told the prime minister and his wife about their families and their losses. They brought with them items that remind them of their fallen parents.

Netanyahu told the children about his own experience with loss -- the prime minister's older brother Yoni, a Sayeret Matkal officer, was killed in the heroic 1976 Entebbe hostage-rescue mission. "I know exactly what you're going through," Netanyahu said. "You are very young, I was older than you when my brother fell. It was very hard for me too, and I thought that my life would always have a deep defect in it, like something was missing, right? First of all, that's true, but life afterward fills up with other things. It fills up and will fill up with other things.

"You experience new things all the time, all the time. There are new things, new experiences, but this loss will always be there. The memory and the longing will always be there. But you will also have a lot of other things, I tell you this from experience. You will have a lot of happy things."

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