President Reuven Rivlin eulogizes Rabbi Nehemia Lavie.
(photo credit: ITZIK AUHNUNA)
For the second time in one week, President Reuven Rivlin on Sunday gave a eulogy for a fallen terror victim after Rabbi Nahemiah Lavie, 41, who was killed Saturday in a terrorist attack in the Old City of Jerusalem.
"You died for the sake of your people and your country," Rivlin began. "Your children will not forget your heroism or your love. Even we the people of Israel will not forget."
"The struggle against terrorism requires determination," the president added. "I urge worshipers to come set foot in the Old City and prove" to those who want to harm us "that they cannot harm our way of life."
Lavie, a father of seven children and a resident of the Old City, was an IDF veteran who served as a combat soldier.
The attack also killed 21-year-old Aharon Benita from Beitar Illit and critically wounded his wife along with their infant son, who was lightly injured.
The incident began around 7:30 p.m., when a knife-wielding Arab man attacked the couple and their toddler son, as well as Lavie, as they walked past Lion’s Gate, en route to the Western Wall, police said.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and Labor leader Isaac Herzog were also in attendance.