´Terrorists´ cruelty knows no bound but we´re still here´ (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Ynet reporters Published: 04.25.12, 14:23)
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President, prime minister, and IDF chief take part in ceremony
honoring terror victims. Netanyahu: Throughout history, Jews have
always outlasted their enemies. They are gone, we are still here
President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, and IDF
Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen Benny Gantz took part in a ceremony held on
Mount Herzl Wednesday in memory of Israel´s terror victims.
"The horrific acts of terrorist know no boundaries," said
Netanyahu. "Their hate and brutality is never satisfied. They have
one thing in common: They want to wipe the Jewish people off the face
of the earth. They won´t do it."
"We are here, in Jerusalem, and we will stay in Jerusalem. We won´t
move from here, we won´t stop building, and we won´t stop creating,"
the prime minister continued.
"They are murderers – we are builders. Historically, the Jewish
people has always outlasted its enemies. They have disappeared, and
we´re here. I know that the price paid by the bereaved families is
unbearable, and I want to express my thanks and the thanks of the
entire nation for their strength, their courage."
"The memory of your loved ones will stay in our hearts forever, may
their memories be blessed," Netanyahu concluded.
During the service, a bereaved father who addressed the audience came
out against Netanyahu for carrying out the Shalit prisoner exchange
deal. Yossi Mandelvich said: "This year the sorrow of the terror
victims´ families was put to a very difficult test. The return of a
captive soldier divided the bereaved and the entire public.
"We were faced with poignant questions: Could a terrorist who is
responsible for the murder of entire family be set free? Is it
reasonable that a person who committed a gruesome massacre at a hotel
celebrate with his family? A soldier was freed, but at what cost?
Hamas was the big winner and landed a deal others never dreamed of."
Meanwhile, the father of a high school student who died in a terror
attack in Haifa in 2003 claimed he was detained by security forces at
the entrance to Mount Herzl. Ron Kerman had sent a letter to the
prime minister urging him to refrain from speaking at the event
because of the Shalit deal. The security guards had confiscated a
copy of the letter and demanded that Kerman remain quiet during the
Earlier, at the national memorial ceremony for fallen soldiers,
Netanyahu told the families: "My brothers and sisters in grief, I
know how each one of you feels. I am one of you," referring to the
loss of his brother, Yonatan Netnayahu, who was killed in action
during Operation Entebbe. "(…) Yoni, I miss you every day, in the
little moments and the big ones, in the happy moments and the sad
ones. This is how all of us feel… I know that thanks to those who
have died, we live."
"They say time heals all wounds, but that´s not right. The years pass
and the pain remains. As we stand here, by our loved ones´ graves, we
are surrounded by the entire nation, standing in silence, with bowed
heads, embracing the fallen and their families," the prime minister
"Today, we are one big family, because our people have known
suffering and know that our freedom came at the price of our best and
brightest, and knows that their deaths have given us our lives."
Defense Minister Ehud Barak took part in a memorial service at Tel
Aviv´s Kiryat Shaul Cemetery: "If there is any consolation to the
pain, it is in knowing the loss was not for naught.
"Our enemies near and far have not accepted our existence, but they
are facing a state that is stronger than ever, a state that would
protects its sovereignty in any situation," he said, adding, "Let us
hope for a day when soldiers are no longer sent to the battlefield,"
This evening, mourning will be replaced by joy as celebrations of
Israel´s 64th Independence Day kick off. At 8 pm, in another ceremony
on Mount Herzl, torches will be lighted and flags raised from half
mast. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 04/25/12)
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