The funeral of Eli Kay, Who was killed in the deadly attack in the Old City of Jerusalem, will take place today (Monday) at 11:00 on Mount of Beatitudes in the city. Brother, Hanan Kay, Spoke this morning with Golan Yokfaz and Anat Davidov on103FM And he told of the hard feelings: “Eli was my big brother, three years above me. He immigrated to Israel about six years ago for very deep reasons, he felt very connected to this country and this country and it was important for him to live here and settle here and serve here.”
“He knew history really well, enjoyed learning it. It started from the matter of our people’s historical connection with the country, and also from the Zionist side he understood that we are a people who should live in his country and country,” he added.
He said that although he was the middle brother, he immigrated to Eretz Israel first, studied for two years at a yeshiva in Kiryat Gat and then enlisted in the paratroopers’ brigade for the 202nd Battalion. “I immigrated four years ago, my older brother three years ago.
“He came here first, I always wanted to come here and when I saw how he lived here I realized that I can do it too and my big brother saw it and realized that this is also his mission. When the three of us were here the parents realized that either they immigrate and we will be together Not something we wanted, “he shared.
According to him, the transition was difficult for his parents, “I think it was a bit difficult for all of us each for his own reasons but especially because we have a lot of family there, my dad’s parents and siblings live there. But we have family value who understand that sometimes something is difficult We give up on certain things and do it. “
On his brother’s choice to work at the Western Wall, he shared: “After the army, he did a favorite job in agriculture, also something that was very close to his heart, to work the land with his own hands. “After he finished there, he decided to move to something else and started working at the Western Wall and explaining to people why this is important to us. What is this wall, why do we stand here, why do we pray and how.”
When asked if after the horrific attack they regret the choice to immigrate to Israel, Kay replied that “by no means. Living here is not easy, it is sometimes dangerous but I can say one hundred percent that how Eli was killed he died as a fighter in his war to live here, who started in the army and continued “
“The fact that he was killed because he is a proud Jew who lives and works in his country is the only way he would choose. We said we were willing to do anything for this country even to sacrifice our lives and Eli did it. He kept his word,” he continued.
“We had some concerns, we know he works there, it took us quite a while to find out. We did not know at first that he was killed, we were sure he was injured,” Kay said. On receiving the news while traveling by public transport because the army only gave him a ride to a central station in Arad, he said: “I do not want to blame anyone, I drove home and got home.”
“It does not matter to me now. At the moment it does not matter, how I traveled it does not matter, I can barely remember the trip. Last request, that everyone who hears will take on something to bring more light to the world and some more joy and meaning to our lives. “There will just be another name, that he will continue with us,” he said.
He added that they make sure to be happy despite the hard news: “We believe that everyone comes to this world with a mission and there is a reason he is here and has something to do, some mission. After we are done with it we leave this world and move on to the next world. It is joy It is very great that we were able to carry out the task. “
“I cried quite a bit today, I know I will cry a lot more but it is not a pit of depression, and say ‘why? Why?’. We are a religious family, very strong, everything has a benefit and there is meaning. To be happy is to understand that something sad happened and difficult for me “Now I cry and miss him but I will not be lost. I can know that he lives a full life, really full. We are not just a body, we are a soul in a body,” he said.
He explained that “Eli did not like to get stuck in being sad. He is a person who was very attached to his emotion, would understand his and others’ emotion. He liked to be with other people, talk to them and understand them. We are not here to suffer. “Hard but in the end we fulfill his dream and the continuation of our people. That he fell as a hero, why did he go into a pit of depression?”
Further on, he was asked about the feelings following the political use of his brother’s downfall: “I do not want to get into politics, it does not interest me, Eli was killed because he was a Jew on the way to his job, a job he loved. “Ordinary life unrelated to politics, unrelated right and left. It’s important for people to understand who Eli Kay is and what was important to him.”
The IDF said in response to Hanan’s trip that the IDF regretted the incident and would continue to accompany and support the soldier and his family. “His commander, the fighter did not receive a ride to Jerusalem. The base commander made a clarification call to the commander, talked to the fighter and expressed his condolences. We are sorry for the mental anguish. At the time of the decision, it was not known for certain that his brother was injured in the attack.”
Assisted in the preparation of the article: Ofri Glichman, 103fm
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