Moshe Naftali 311.
(photo credit: Israel Defense Forces)
Hundreds of people gathered on Friday morning at Mount Herzl Military
Cemetery, for the funeral of St.-Sgt. Moshe Naftali, who he was killed
on Thursday responding to the terrorist attacks near Eilat.
US ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro and his wife Julie were among the hundreds of mourners who crowded around the grave.
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Soldiers marched the flag draped coffin to the grave, as family screamed and cried. "I just want to kiss him," his grandfather told friends.
Then he bent down and kissed the coffin, before it was lowered into the grave as a rabbi recited psalms.
Family members hugged each other, some put their hands over their faces, as bags of earth were poured on the grave.
Naftali, Moshe's mother, said on Thursday "I know as a mother that he
fought bravely and fiercely, I have no doubt about it.”
my beloved son, did everything with dedication and perseverance, and we
are proud of him,” she told the media after hearing the news of his
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