A Golani warrior’s brief life

"Moshe, my beloved son, did everything with dedication and perseverance, and we are proud of him," says mother of soldier killed in attack.

August 19, 2011 01:25
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Moshe Naftali

Moshe Naftali 311. (photo credit: Israel Defense Forces)

Shula Naftali wasn’t with her son, St.-Sgt. Moshe Naftali, when he was killed on Thursday responding to the terrorist attacks near Eilat.

“But I know as a mother that he fought bravely and fiercely,” she told the media after hearing the news of his death. “I have no doubt about it.”

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“Moshe, my beloved son, did everything with dedication and perseverance, and we are proud of him,” she said.

A resident of Ofra, Naftali, 22, graduated from the yeshiva high school in Beit El and studied at Moshav Keshet on the Golan Heights before joining the Golani Brigade.

A high-school friend of Naftali’s said he did not imagine that he knew one of the victims of the attacks when he heard about them on the radio.

But then a friend called to tell him that Naftali, whom he had hung out with and laughed with throughout high school, had been killed.

“He was everyone’s friend. Everyone loved him,” Yedidya Amrani said.

Naftali will be buried on Friday at 10 a.m. at the Mount Herzl Military Cemetery. He was one of eight victims of the attacks.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed the bereaved families in the brief remarks he made to the media on Thursday night.

“I would like to express my condolences to the families of the civilians murdered, and to those of the soldiers who fell while responding to today’s terrorist attacks,” he said.

“I share their pain. I know that their lives will never be the same. I also want to express my hopes for a speedy recovery to those who were wounded in these attacks and are currently undergoing treatment in hospital.”

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