President Reuven Rivlin said Tuesday that the sacrifice of Israel's fallen soldiers obligates the Jewish state to be a more moral homeland in which all of its residents are equal.
Speaking at the memorial torch-lighting ceremony at the Western Wall as Israel began its observance of Remembrance Day to honor 23,320 fallen soldiers and civilian victims of wars and terrorism, Rivlin told of his travels during the summer to the homes of bereaved families of soldiers who fell during Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.
"I learned to know them too late, when they already were no more," Rivlin said, explaining that those who perished came from all sectors of Israeli society.
"This summer I learned how real the loss is, that there is no longing that equals it," Rivlin said.
We are obligated by their deaths to build a more moral home, in which all residents are equal, the president said.