Kfar Saba funerals for Eilat terror victims 311.
(photo credit: Ben Hartman)
Over a thousand people crowded the Kfar Saba cemetery on Sunday, to bid farewell
to four people killed by terrorists three days earlier near Eilat.
Gez, 53, Flora Gez, 52, Dov Karlinski, 58, and Shula Karlinski, 54, were headed
for a vacation in the southern city when they came under fire from Gazans who
had infiltrated Israel from Sinai.
Mourners described sisters Shula and
Flora, both career nursery school teachers, as near-angelic figures. They and
their husbands were the best of friends and spent nearly every day together. It
appeared that some took solace in knowing that they died alongside those whom
they were closest to.
“They were always together in life, and they’re
together again now,” family friend Itzik Yoel said during his
“They helped each other in their daily lives, and there’s no way
to describe how great they were or how much love they shared, or how many great
friends they had from across the entire Israeli spectrum.”
“They were on their way to a vacation, when they [terrorists] hurt them. They
hurt innocent people, happy people, who died in a hail of gunfire without any
ability to defend themselves.
“Destiny decided that you would be taken
together and that even in heaven, the four of you will be together forever, and
spend your days as you did here: together,” Yoel said.
Moshe Ya’alon told the mourners that the couples “died at the hands of cowards
who struck at civilians.... These are the same blood-drenched hands of the
terrorists living in the Gaza Strip who are a continuation of the generations of
Israel-haters. Their only goal is to murder Jews because they are
Ayalon added, “Our response to the terrorism is that the State of
Israel will liquidate anyone who harms or even tried to harm its
Other politicians in attendance included Labor MKs Shelly
Yacimovich, Amir Peretz and Isaac Herzog, and Labor leadership candidate Arel
Shula and Dov’s son Yaniv Karlinsky told the crowd, “There is
no way to describe the sorrow and the pain.
There aren’t other people
like you in the world – full of light, warmth and love. You were picked apart
like flowers in a field by murderous, heartless terrorists. There is nothing
that can fill the space you left behind.”
Idan Gez said that ever since
he heard the news of his parents’ death, “it has been very difficult for me to
look forward, everything is full of question marks. We have been left here
Addressing his deceased parents, Gez said, “Thanks to you, I know
what it means to be a family, and the meaning of love, happiness and a strong
work ethic. You must know that I will build a family in Israel and I will raise
children like you raised me.
Thank you for everything you did, and for
raising me to be the person I am today.
“Father, just like I was
everything to mom, you were everything to me, and I never told you that enough,”
He added that he took some solace knowing “that Shula and Dubik
are with you.”