A ceremony for Israel’s Memorial Day (Yom Hazikaron) began at around 6:00 PM at Jerusalem’s Yad L’Banim memorial. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein spoke at the ceremony. “We will not give up on the hopes of reconciliation with our enemies but first of all we will reconcile among ourselves,” said Netanyahu during his speech. At 8:00 PM, the main ceremony will begin at the Western Wall after the sounding of a one-minute siren.
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This evening (Tuesday) at around 6:00 PM, a ceremony for the Day of Remembrance for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terrorism began at Jerusalem’s Yad L’Banim. Netanyahu, Edelstein, the Director of the Defense Ministry and Israel’s two chief rabbis spoke during the ceremony.
Netanyahu began his speech by stating that this year, the country will remember 23,447 fallen soldiers. “Our sons and daughters were standing tall and on the utmost mission to protect the State of Israel and secure its future, and that is the difference between an enslaved, beaten and persecuted nation, as we were 67 years ago, and a nation that controls its fate,” explained Netanyahu. “But the price is grave.”
“We will not give up on the hopes of reconciliation with our enemies but first of all we will reconcile among ourselves,” added Netanyahu.
“We ought to look at reality straight on and declare in sadness: We don’t want to live by the sword but for now, our enemies don’t give us a choice,” said Edelstein during his speech.
At 8:00 PM, a one-minute siren will be sounded and the state flags will be lowered to half-staff, which symbolizes the beginning of the main ceremony at the Western Wall.