Adamit Park .
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
The Eitan Scenic Lookout, which was established in memory of Lieutenant Eitan Levav who fell in combat in Lebanon, in 1982, was inaugurated in Adamit Park on the Lebanese Border. Hundreds of family members, comrades-in-arms and paratroopers currently serving in the army took part in the ceremony.
“You are the people who have helped me to establish this scenic lookout, because despite all the years that have passed, you have never forgotten Eitan,” Zehava Levav, Eitan’s bereaved mother, told those present at the ceremony. “When I contemplate this spot I’m sure that Eitan would not have come here by car, as we did. He would have taken his friends from the army and climbed up here on foot. On one side we can see Lebanon, on the other we look over Nahariya, so there could be no more suitable place than this to perpetuate his memory,” she said.
Eitan Levav, who was born in Nahariya, served as a combat soldier and commander in the Paratroop Brigade in the First Lebanon War. He was killed in Beirut in 1982, at the age of 22, when he was ambushed by terrorists while traveling with his comrades in an armored personnel carrier. The memorial plaque situated on a rock at the lookout site bears the words that Eitan repeated so often to the soldiers under his command: “Whenever you’re waiting in ambush, look back at the lights of our communities and remember that they can be lit only because you’re lying here in ambush.”
The Eitan Scenic Lookout (Mitzpe Eitan) is situated on the northern ridge above the gully of Nahal Betzet, and it offers a view of the hills of Western Galilee and the Mediterranean Sea. To the north lies Lebanon, from which Eitan never returned. The lookout was designed by landscape architect Iris Tal, a former classmate of Eitan’s, and it was established by KKL-JNF with the help of donations from the Levav family and a number of close friends.
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