Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon referred to the families of Israel's fallen soldiers as "a symbol of the perseverance of the Israeli society" in a statement released ahead of Remembrance Day on Sunday.
"This evening and tomorrow we will go to the cemeteries with great pain and sorrow in memorial ceremonies. We will stand there with the unparalleled strength and self-sacrifice which serve as the basis for the existence of this country," Ya'alon stated.
Ya'alon added that, with their deaths, Israel's fallen soldiers had granted Israel the right to fight for its existence. "The struggle, unfortunately, has still not ended. It changes its face, takes a different form, opens up on different fronts and forces us to fight each time anew and sacrifice the best of our sons and daughters."