Prime Minister Ehud Olmert promised on Monday that Israel would continue to work for the release of kidnapped IDF soldiers Ehud Goldwasser, Eldad Regev and Gilad Schalit. Following a two-minute siren which sounded at 11.00 a.m., a ceremony commenced at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem.
Israel remembers its fallen fighters
Several government and IDF officials attended the ceremony, including Olmert and Acting President Dalia Itzik.
"On this special day, we are all one mourning family," the prime minister said at the
beginning of his speech. "There is nobody in Israel to whom the feeling of war is
"The fate of our kidnapped and missing soldiers will not be dropped as a priority
and we won't spare any efforts in returning them to their borders and to their suffering and
"The price of defense and security for the state of Israel is very high," Olmert added. "But without it, we would not have survived and we would not exist."
We must remember today, and every day hereafter, in humility and love, our soldiers," the prime minister continued. "And when we remember them, we cannot forget the suffering of those wounded in battle, and those casualties who carry the scars of the war."