Naftali Bennett: “If the mutual guarantee is broken, our enemies will harm us”

Tonight (Tuesday), the State of Israel commemorates the victims of the Israeli military and the victims of hostilities in hundreds of ceremonies to be held throughout the country. A memorial service for the victims of the Israeli military operations was held at the Yad LaBanim House in Jerusalem, opening the Memorial Day, with the participation of the Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Speaker of the Knesset, Mickey Levy andMayor of Jerusalem.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett began by saying: “Your Excellency, in the late 1980s and 1990s, the IDF was sitting in southern Lebanon in order to create a line of defense that would prevent terrorists from harming northern residents. Every time we entered Lebanon we knew exactly who we were fighting for. In front of us, to the north, are the yellow lights of the villages of Lebanon, and behind us, to the south, the white lights of the northern settlements. At each post it was written on a large sign: “The Mission: Protecting the Residents of the North.”

“We were a small group of fighters and commanders. Everyone more or less knew everyone. They knew which unit performed which operation. Once a Golani patrol, once a paratrooper, once a Nahal, Givati ​​or Shirion battalion. I, too, as a company commander in Magellan, belonged to the same group of soldiers. This war, the daily one, was not there, but there was a price. The best of our sons and friends who fell. “Each of the fallen had a name, and behind the name is a world and its fullness,” he added.

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Later, the Prime Minister said: “We have a strong IDF, and excellent security organizations. The Guardian of Israel is neither asleep nor asleep. We are on guard against the near and far threats. As the one who bears the ultimate responsibility for Israel’s security, I can clearly state: “But if our mutual guarantee is broken, or we allow anger and hatred to seize us, then at the same time our enemies will take advantage of it to harm us.

“My brothers and sisters, our State of Israel is the third time that there is a sovereign Jewish state in the Land of Israel. In the previous two times, we have not succeeded in the eighth decade in peace. This is the most important lesson in our history, and I do not tire of repeating it. And Shlomo, survived 80 years as a united and sovereign kingdom.In the 81st year, due to internal conflicts, the state split in two, and we lost forever most of our people, the ten tribes. Towards the end of the period, there was again a severe internal conflict within us and it was the Jews themselves who invited the Romans inside Israel.We lost our independence and became a humiliated protectorate of the Romans.

Naftali Bennett (Photo: Mark Israel Salem)

And we also lost this protectorate, at the end of the Second Temple. In the heat of purity and hostility, Jews burned each other’s food reserves, inflicting defeat on themselves. What a terrible price we paid 2,000 years in exile, because we succumbed to brotherly hatred. And now, God willing, we have won a third chance. Our State of Israel. My brothers and sisters, there will be no more opportunity. We are now in the eighth decade of the country, the decade we have never been more successful as a united nation. “We were given the opportunity to correct the sin of our ancestral brotherly hatred and to get rid of the strait of factions that destroyed our people,” he said.

“The decision is ours. Let’s dispel the anxieties of each other. We will deal with the argument, not the claimant. We will really listen. We will argue with each other, but we will never, ever hate our brother. Above all we will remember that we are one family, it is our duty to the fallen This is also our duty to future generations. My dear, every day, I think of my friends, of my brothers in arms who have fallen. I think of them a lot, not just on Memorial Day. Ride When a song is played on the radio from time to time, the image of those who were part of me, friends like my brothers, rises in me, that they will not return, “the Prime Minister continued, adding,” I feel sorry for you, my brother, Jonathan. You are very pleasant to me ‘- these words from David’s lament, and the nickname’ brother ‘about his friend, accompany us to this day. From the dawn of Zionism, through the War of Independence, the Israeli Wars to the present day, our best sons and daughters have fallen on the guard of the existence of the State of Israel. On this day we all embrace the families who have lost the most precious to them of all. Out of the sanctity of this day, out of longing for those who are not with us, we swear to preserve this home, which was their home, the home they sacrificed their lives for. “

Speaker of the Knesset, Mickey LevyHe said: “Tonight will begin to fall and with it will gather, as every year, the sanctity of Remembrance Day. The people of Israel will commemorate those who fell in the Israeli battles, who were killed in hostilities and embraced the wounded who continue to bear scars in mind and body. “There is no need for one day like this to remember. For us, life is the memory.”

“Every day brings with it memories of our loved ones. When we eat a cheesecake he loved, when we walk past the school where she attended, when we see in the street the back of a man who reminds us of our loved ones. Suddenly it hits us. A blurry picture of other days, happier. Longing. A goat. A feeling of missing out. A stab in the heart. A sigh. A tear. And as the years go by, even though the memories fade, the longing only sharpens like a razor and injures the heart more. “What would have happened if. Where would they have gone in their lives? What would life have been like without that knock on the door?”, He added.

Mickey Levy (Photo: Mark Israel Salem)Mickey Levy (Photo: Mark Israel Salem)

“Unfortunately, this year too the bereaved family expanded. Civilians, soldiers and policemen were killed and wounded in humiliating terrorist incidents. We have repeatedly seen that the wronged terrorists do not notice the differences between us. “Let’s be worthy of them. On this day when the whole nation of Israel unites with the fallen and the murdered, let us assure ourselves to be different. Conduct the arguments between us with mutual respect. From the point of view of brothers to a common destiny. From the premise that we all want the best for our country. Because that’s how they would like to see us. United.

On this day we are also commanded to remember those who bear the mental and physical scars. We are commanded to continue to work tirelessly to improve their well-being and make sure they are as good as possible. Because we as a society owe them a moral debt. It deserves them. We deserve it. I pray that we will be privileged to say this year and that sons will return to their borders – Hadar Goldin, Oron Shaul, Abra Mangisto, Hisham a-Sayyid, and with them all those missing from the Israeli system. ”


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