Netanyahu hosts IDF orphans ahead of Remembrance Day

"I feel that I’m on the front lines with the soldiers and the commanders, and not like a prime minister sitting in an office."

By REVITAL YAKIN KRAKOVSKY
April 20, 2015 10:12
Benjamin Netanyahu

PM Netanyahu meets with IDF orphans. (photo credit: GPO)

 
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Ahead of Remembrance Day, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hosted a meeting Sunday of IDF orphans – five of whom lost their fathers during last summer’s Operation Protective Edge – at his office in Jerusalem.

It was the third year the IDF Widows and Orphans Organization organized such an intimate meeting, in which Netanyahu and the children, aged eight to 16, discussed the tragedy of losing a close relative in war.

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"‘How do you feel when you send soldiers to the battlefield?" one boy asked.

"I feel that I’m on the front lines with the soldiers and the commanders, and not like a prime minister sitting in an office," responded Netanyahu.

"How did you feel when your brother [Yoni Netanyahu] was killed in Entebbe?" asked Heut, whose father, Sgt.-Maj. Bayhesain Kshaun, was killed in Protective Edge.

"‘We were very close and it was very hard for me. I didn’t know how I would live. It turned out that life is like a river, which flows and leads you into new places. It will happen to you too!"

For more information: www.idfwo.org/homePage.htm (Text: Revital Yakin Krakovsky; Photo: GPO)

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