Full Text Israel Political Brief April 24, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Remarks to the Bereaved Families on Yom Hazikaron

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PM Netanyahu’s Remarks to the Bereaved Families

Source: PMO, 4-24-12

Following are Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks to the bereaved families on the occasion of Remembrance Day for the Fallen of Israel’s Wars:

“My brothers and sisters, members of bereaved families, it was the heartfelt duty of our dear ones that led them to face the enemy.  It is the duty of our conscience that leads us to stand with eyes closed and not only remember but look toward the future as well.  Today, the People of Israel lay aside disagreements and stand as one beside you.  Today we remember the fallen of Israel’s wars, all of our dear ones.  Each one had a family.  Every name has a life’s story of its own; an entire world has been cut short.

As a member of a bereaved family, Remembrance Day is very significant for me.  It is not only a national day of remembrance, it is also a private day of remembrance for me and my family, as it is for all of you.

After Remembrance Day, the State of Israel will celebrate its 64th birthday.  The unbreakable bond between Remembrance Day and Independence Day underscores the fact that our dear ones who fell in Israel’s wars did not fall in vain.  Thanks to them, the State arose.  Thanks to them, the State of Israel will continue to develop and prosper, and thanks to them the members of the younger generation will also be able to live their lives in security and tranquility.

I can tell you, members of bereaved families: ‘Comfort you, comfort you My people‘ be comforted in the building up of the country, in the building up of Zion, and do not know sorrow anymore.”

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