Seconds before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was set to begin his speech at Israel’s Memorial Day ceremony for victims of terror at Mount Herzl, the brother of Tzvika Cohen, who was seriously wounded in an attack in Ma’aleh Adumim recently, cried out at Netanyahu: “You said that you made difficult choices but my family experienced terrorism for the second time two months ago.”
At 1:00 PM, the memorial service for victims of terror at Mount Herzl commenced, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin and IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot in attendance. As Netanyahu ascended the podium for his speech, Rahamim Cohen, the brother of Tzvika Cohen who was seriously injured in a terror attack about two months ago, shouted out to the Prime Minister and delayed the beginning of his speech.
“You said that you made difficult choices but my family experienced terrorism for the second time two months ago,” cried out the brother. “I was injured 15 years ago and my wounds have not yet healed. And now, we are forgiving [them] once again and don’t know how to cope.”
Rahamim himself was injured in the beginning of the Second Intifada. He was stabbed 14 times and hospitalized for several weeks in critical condition.
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After Rahamim finished yelling at the Prime Minister, his family members and friends calmed him down and Netanyahu began his speech, as the ceremony continued as planned.
“Believe me, I understand you, because I am a son of the same family and I know how painful this is,” said Netanyahu in the beginning of his speech. “As a bereaved brother, I feel your pain. As prime minister, I hold your hands and salute your ability to continue. We are in a struggle that has lasted for more than a century. Every generation knows bereavement, orphanhood, suffering and pain.”
“Today is a difficult day,” continued Netanyahu. “Wounds are reopened. I believe that the entire nation is praying that you find the strength to heal them, to grow new tissue. You are not alone, the love of the nation and its unity accompanies you.”