Shimon Peres with killed soldier Gavriel Kobi's family 370.
(photo credit: Yosef Avi Yair Engel/President’s Residence)
President Shimon Peres paid a condolence call on Friday to the family of Givati
Brigade soldier Gavriel “Gal” Kobi who was killed in Hebron last week.
Palestinian sniper killed Kobi as he and another Givati Brigade infantryman
stood guard across from the Cave of the Patriarchs, where they had been
stationed to defend the Jewish community and visitors to the area.
was posthumously promoted to staff-sergeant major.
Thousands of people
attended his funeral in the Haifa Military Cemetery on Monday.
those who delivered eulogies at the funeral was Economy and Trade Minister
Naftali Bennett, who continues to fight as a combat officer in the IDF
Peres visited the Kobi family at their home in Tirat Carmel,
south of Haifa. He embraced the soldier’s parents and siblings and told the
parents, Smadar and Ovad, that they had a wonderful courageous son who in the
eyes of the state was a hero.
Peres will be in the Netherlands from
September 29-October 2 at the invitation of King Willem- Alexander. Within the
framework of his state visit, Peres will participate in a meeting of the
International Court of Justice at The Hague.
His meeting with the judges
will be closed to the media, but afterward, Peres will proceed through the Great
Hall of Justice to the Peace Palace foyer where he will hold a briefing for the
media and talk about developments in the peace process with the Palestinians and
developments in the Middle East in general.
He will also talk about
relations with the European Union.
Peres is one of the first world
leaders to be invited to the Netherlands by the recently crowned king, with whom
he will have an audience in the Noordeinde Palace in The Hague. Peres will meet
with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and will address a plenary session of the
Senate. According to the Dutch Embassy, Peres will be interviewed by college
students on a popular television program called College Tour.