24,068 IDF soldiers, police officers, prison wardens, Shin Bet security service and Mossad agents have been killed since 1860.
The unity of these two minutes shows how Israel is an unruly, cacophonous testimony to the unwillingness of Jews to recede into history – and also how much more needs to be done.
Thursday morning, Eyal arrived at the Home Front Command's alert center where his granddaughter serves and, together with her, pressed the button that activated the siren all over the country.
Israelis across the country paused for two minutes on Thursday morning in order to remember the 6 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust.
The system, Ukraine Siren Alerts or UASA, is currently operating on Twitter, Facebook and Telegram.
The air raid exercise is part of a larger, nationwide drill meant to simulate full-scale war with Lebanon’s Hezbollah, which are ongoing through Thursday.
A false alarm sent thousands into shelters after a technical malfunction at Home Front Command.
During the exercise, sirens will be sounded and residents will be asked to head to the protective areas to ensure they are ready for real-life scenarios.
Bin said in a statement after making the decision earlier this week that "these days, we must show maximum sensitivity to the concerns of the Israeli public."
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