Israeli President Reuven Rivlin visited the families of the victims of the terror attack at Barkan Industrial Facility.
(photo credit: MARK NEYMAN/GPO)
President Reuven Rivlin visited the families of Kim Levengrond-Yehezkel and Ziv Hajbi, who were murdered in the terror attack that took place earlier this week at the Barkan Industrial Park.
Rivlin first visited the parents of Levengrond-Yehezkel, Rafael and Chava, Kim's husband Guy and their son Kai, and additional members of her family.
During his words of condolence he told the family, "The whole people of Israel is with you. The more I hear and learn about Kim, a wonderful young woman, I am [finding] out about a very special person. A special soul."
A few members of the Levengrond-Yehezkel family spoke about the victim: "Kim was truly a woman of valor, working tirelessly for animal rights, optimistic, with a smile on her face, [as well as] a wonderful wife and mother."
"We will not be driven from this land. This is our land and our country, we have been here since we returned to our land and we must be ready to defend ourselves," commented Rivlin.
The president then visited the Hajbi home to visit the family of Ziv Hajbi, another victim who was murdered in Monday's terror attack.
Rivlin met Iris and Yehezkel, the parents of Hajbi, his wife Natalie and their three children Guy, Shir and Adi.
The president spoke with the Hajbi family for quite some time, first embracing the family, offering support for their loss and later spending time hearing about Hajbi's personality.
Ziv's family spoke about the love and pride he showed for his children as a dedicated father, while the manager of the factory Hajbi was employed by, told Rivlin that he greatly loved his work.
The president further thanked the families for giving consent to donate Ziv's organs.
The president ended the meeting by restating that Hajbi's memory as a loving husband and father as well as a man of action will stay with the family forever.
The Israeli president left on an official visit to Denmark shortly after the visit to the victim's families.
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