The United States – like Israel – is built upon principles of democracy, freedom, faith, and the rule of law. This July 4, let us remember those whose service and sacrifice made our country great, and let us lift prayers of gratitude to God for His blessings.
Memorial Day weekend in the U.S. can be a time of mixed feelings. On the one hand, it's the unofficial beginning of summer. On the other hand, for those mourning the loss in war of a close relative or loved one, there is a deep and personal sense of grief, mingled with pride for their service.
They were all just driving home – Eitam and Naama Henkin from a class reunion, Alexander Levlovitz from a Rosh Hashanah meal, Malachi Rosenfeld from a basketball game with friends, and Danny Gonen from a weekend hike. They were normal Israelis going about their day-to-day life, none of them aware that they would be among the latest victims in a long string of senseless killings at the hands of Palestinian terrorists.
In the past few months, our attention has been focused on several shocking and deeply disturbing events in the world around us — the depravity and cruelty of the ISIS terrorist group as it continues its murderous march across the Middle East, the precipitous rise of anti-Semitism in Europe, and Iran's continued pursuit of nuclear weapons and the seeming failure of the international community to stop it.
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