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Israel Marks Memorial Day, Prepares for Independence Day

IDF Posts Video to Honor Families of the Fallen

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8 May 2019 (All day)
Israel Marks Memorial Day, Prepares for Independence Day
Speaking at events to mark Israel’s Day of Remembrance for Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terror at the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Tuesday evening just days after a deadly flare-up with Gaza-based terror militias which added four names to this year’s list of fatalities, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that “Israel does not rush to battle, but its willingness to sacrifice is the guarantor of its existence.” Thanks to the fallen soldiers of Israel, he added, “our nation stands upright in our homeland, after generations of weakness and humiliation.”

“Seventy-five years ago we were ash,” he continued. “Today we are a rising world power. Since our national rebirth in our land, every generation stands firm against those who seek our harm. We do not rush to battle, but we know that our willingness to sacrifice is what guarantees our fate…there is almost never a day when we are not flooded with memories of our loved ones. The smiles they smiled, the words they said, the things they did – as if they were really with us, but they are not.”

“It is impossible not to think what would have happened with the rest of their lives,” Netanyahu said of the fallen. “What would have stayed the same, and what would have changed? What would they have contributed: to their families, to the society and the state and – who knows – to humanity?”

He went on to share some personal memories from his own IDF service during the War of Attrition and the Yom Kippur War, including personal friends of his who had died in those conflicts.

Elsewhere, ceremonies were held at military cemeteries all over Israel Tuesday evening and throughout the day on Wednesday. Despite not being known for being overly Zionist, the country’s ultra-Orthodox (haredi) community showed up in large numbers at these ceremonies to show their gratitude for the sacrifices made by the IDF in defending the country.

Here is a video produced by the IDF to commemorate Memorial Day


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