Netanyahu: In the Middle East, We Must Fight for Our Survival


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Netanyahu: In the Middle East, We Must Fight for Our Survival
In official address, PM Binyamin Netanyahu emphasizes the value of the sacrifice made by Israel's fallen soldiers, its 'iron wall.'
By Ari Soffer
First Publish: 4/21/2015, 10:36 PM
IDF soldiers stand to attention at Kotel Memorial Day ceremony

In an official statement to the nation at the start of Memorial Day Tuesday evening, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu emphasized the significance of the sacrifice made by those who fell defending the State of Israel. Speaking directly to "my brothers and sisters, to the bereaved families," Netanyahu noted that their fallen loved ones "fell on behalf of the revival of our people and our land."

"This day is the most difficult for us," related the PM, whose brother Yoni was killed during the famous IDF operation to free hostages at Entebbe Airport in Uganda. "The warm embrace that we receive strengthens us but it cannot console us for the terrible loss. The pain rends our hearts, the grief chokes us and the longing will never go away.

"On this day the people of Israel bow their heads in respect and gratitude. The poet Shlomo Sokolsky well expressed the heavy price. In his poem 'Rosh Pina', he wrote: 'There is no conquering the top of the rock – if there is no grave on the slope.' This is the reality of our life in the past 67 years since the establishment of the State of Israel and even before."