“It was amazing to see the love you had for each other,” said Rabbanit Chana Henkin, mother of Eitam, who was murdered in a shooting terror attack along with his wife Na’ama. President Rivlin attended the couple’s funeral and implied that the building in the settlements will continue.


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President Reuven Rivlin attended the funeral of Rabbi Eitam Henkin and his wife Na’ama, who were shot dead by a Palestinian terrorist Thursday night in an attack near the settlement of Itamar in the West Bank. The couple’s 9-year-old son, Matan, said Kaddish for his parents.

“One is not supposed to give eulogies during a holiday, but it is impossible to stand still when loving parents are viciously slain in front of their children’s eyes,” Rivlin said at Jerusalem’s Har HaMenuchot cemetery. He then implied that the building in the settlements will continue. “We never built as a result of terror, and we will never stop building as a result of terror,” he said.

Eitam’s mother, Rabbanit Chana Henkin, was the first speaker after President Rivlin. “It was amazing to see the love you had for each other, and the complete commitment for one another and for your kids,” she said. “Your beloved children were saved by God’s mercy, including the little baby who will not get to know his father and mother. We will raise them in your spirit.”

“Nothing could have prepared me for having to write a eulogy to my daughter,” said Hila Armoni, Na’ama’s mother. “Since yesterday I’ve been asking – why both of them? Why together? And then I realized that they were meant to stay together in life and death. It was an instant connection.”







Defense Minister Ya'alon at the scene

Defense Minister Ya’alon at the scene Photo credit: Defense Ministry/Channel 2 News

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot arrived at the murder scene earlier on Friday. “This is a most serious incident and we are treating it as such,” said Ya’alon. “Our ongoing actions are aimed at preventing the next attack, and I hope we will succeed in doing so.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is in New York for the UN General Assembly, blamed the Palestinian leadership in a statement he made Thursday night upon hearing about the attack. “This is a hard day for Israel, we are witnessing a cruel act of murder which left four orphans,” he said. “Our hearts go out to the family. Once again we see how incitement on the Palestinian side brings to terror attacks such as this one.”