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(photo credit: REUTERS)
With the Israeli media and untold well-wishers descending upon the Schalit
family’s hometown of Mitzpe Hila on Tuesday, one fallen soldier’s family will be
far away in Jerusalem, watching the celebrations from afar.
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father of fallen IDF soldier Benny Avraham, killed during a Hezbollah attack on
their patrol in the Har Dov area in October 2000, said he and his family will be
taking part in the annual Jerusalem March along with tourists from around the
world, while keeping a special place in their heart for the Schalit
“We are very excited and happy that Gilad is coming home. What he
needs now is peace and quiet. I know what we went through when Benny was taken
and when he was brought back from captivity.
“They need the time with
their son and to take care of him and speak to him. At some point we’ll call
them and speak to them.”
The bodies of Benny Avraham and the other two
soldiers in the patrol; Adi Avitan and Omar Suweid, were returned to Israel
following a prisoner exchange with Hezbollah in January 2004.
he said he will keep his distance from the Schalit family in the meantime,
Avraham admitted that he is among those in Israel enthralled by the impending
return of the young soldier.
“Obviously it’s a very exciting day,” he
said, “even though our son can’t come back, their son can and I’m happy our
state is continuing the tradition of returning soldiers no matter what state
“We’re very happy for the Schalit family.”