Rivlin: Even Today They Seek Our Destruction (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 04/24/12)
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Knesset speaker Reuven Rivlin spoke at the opening Yom Hazikaron
ceremonies at Yad Lebanim in Jerusalem saying "Even today we wake up
to find our enemies seeking our destruction."
"We have assembled here to remember our children who have fallen for
Israel," Rivlin said. "And, to embrace the world for them by carrying
on with the Torch of Remembrance – despite the pain searing our
"We are committed to the will and memory of the fallen. The State of
Israel has erected numerous memorials to the memory of the fallen,
our heritage, and heroism," Rivlin continued. "Ammunition Hill and
all the others sites remind us of their work, sacrifice, and their
dreams for our people."
Rivlin then addressed the continued threats facing Israel today.
"Even today we wake up to find our enemies seeking our destruction,"
he said. "Even today, our cities and land are continually threatened
by terror. Even today farmers working the land face the danger of
death from snipers, while boys and girls must flee to bomb shelters
fearing rockets and missiles.
"As it was here in Jerusalem [before the 1967 Six Day War] so it is
on our southern front, which has expanded into the heart of our
country," Rivlin said. "Despite the searing pain, my brothers and
sisters, it is incumbent upon us to teach our children the art of war
so that war will not last."
"Today, we need the strength of spirit and courage of faith possessed
by our brave soldiers who fell in battle to preserve our
independence," he continued. "We must hold the freedom they gave us
in blood dear."
We "lovers of Jerusalem and Zion must stand against those who rise
against it. Nothing will deter our soldiers who defend our land. Not
international committees. Not mass marches on our borders. And not
threats of annihilation.”
Yad Lebanim (“A Memorial for the Sons”) is the organization that
supports bereaved families in cooperation with the Defense Ministry
and official government bodies. The Jerusalem memorial, located near
the government quarter, is the central memorial for soldiers killed
in action in the capital. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/24/12)
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