Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed the nation, saying "22,867 of our sons and daughters have fallen. We feel this in the families that were never created, in the children that were never born."
Netanyahu said to those families who have lost loved ones, "I am a part of you. I know what the pain is like. I feel the scar that will never heal. I know the stages. First comes the shock. Then the denial. And then the horrible realization that our loved ones will not return. That they will only live on in our hearts and dreams."
"I know that even when the whole country stands behind you, you want to walk alone with your pain."
The prime minister said that despite the pain, the nation still has a hope for peace.