In 1979, terrorists infiltrated Israel and left three members of the Haran family dead - father and husband Danny, along with his two young daughters, Einat and Yael. Recently, writes Yediot Achronot's Itamar Eichner, the lone survivor of the attack spoke to European journalists about the terror which Israelis face on a daily basis:
When Smadar Haran spoke, not a single pair of eyes around the table at the Rimon Hotel in Tzfat was without tears.
The foreign guests and journalists who sat around her – all of them veteran war correspondents – thought they had already written and seen everything. But this meeting with Haran, who lost who her husband Danny and her daughters Einat and Yael during the terror attack on Nahariya in 1979, somehow managed to shake them up. While with one hand they were writing down every word, with the other, they were wiping away tears.
This was the first time that the Foreign Ministry had ever flown in a delegation of European war correspondents. The purpose of the trip was to expose the journalists to the terror that Israelis have to deal with, and find correlations between the Israeli and European fight against terror.
The delegation were taught about the security arrangements at Ben Gurion International airport, received a tour of the Israeli border with Syria, and visited injured Syrians who were undergoing treatment at Ziv medical center in Tzfat. However, the headline of the trip was with Haran.
"My story isn't just my own personal story. It’s the story of the Jewish nation and of the State of Israel. It represents the spirit of the state of Israel," Haran began...