Israel lost a hero earlier this morning, while a father lost his only son. Our friends at The Times of Israel report on the death of Amit Ben-Ygal, a 21-year-old soldier killed today by a terrorist in the West Bank:
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Sgt. First Class Amit Ben-Ygal, killed in an overnight arrest raid in the northern West Bank, was his father’s only son.
“My whole life revolved around this boy. In my darkest dream I never believed I’d have the title ‘bereaved father.’ My most precious thing was taken from me,” Baruch Ben-Ygal, Amit’s father, told reporters on Tuesday.
Ben-Ygal, a member of the elite Golani Brigade reconnaissance company, was struck in the head by a rock thrown at the troops during a raid in the village of Yabed, west of Jenin, IDF Spokesperson Hidai Zilberman told reporters.
He was killed one month before the end of his service…
“He loved his country so much. He told me on Memorial Day that if you must die, then do it for your country. He fought hard to get into Golani. All his shirts are Golani reconnaissance. He was proud of his country and sacrificed himself for his country,” [his girlfriend] said.
“He came from a Zionist household. He loved the people of Israel, the land of Israel,” father Baruch told the Kan public broadcaster.
“We don’t have anything else. I am broken, I am broken, I am broken, I am crushed,” he said. “I don’t have words for it.”