“Recently, in the midst of the plague, the lessons of the terrible Yom Kippur War are returning. I understand the frustration of the policemen, the desire to blame someone, but I ask the general public – put the comparisons and probing the wounds. Said President Reuven Rivlin today (Tuesday) during the memorial service for the victims of the Yom Kippur War held on Mount Herzl.
President Rivlin opened his speech at the ceremony with the words: “47 years have passed since the howls of the horns violated the sanctity of Yom Kippur. From the prayers in the synagogues we hurried to the collection points and from there quickly to the fields of carnage and to the terrible, bloody war. Time, said the bereaved mother, is not a cure. It only increases the pain. This year she turned 90. Her son fell in the Yom Kippur War in the heroic battles in Sinai. She already has grandchildren and even great-grandchildren, and he – she said of her fallen son – remained just as he was then. 20 and a half years old. The longing, she says, is only growing, deepening.
“The Yom Kippur War was one of the worst in the Israeli wars. It left its mark on the State of Israel, the IDF and Israeli society and beyond. She has shaped entire generations. It is not for nothing that we do not stop probing the wounds of the Yom Kippur War even today. It is not for nothing that we return to its lessons. Do not succumb to complacency, to conception, to arrogance. These could bring disaster on us. ”
Due to the limitations of the corona, the event took place in a limited format and without an audience, andDuring it, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech, which was filmed in advance, was also broadcast. Among other things, Prime Minister Netanyahu said: “Yom Kippur, two in the afternoon. For 47 years now, this phrase has shaken hearts. The opening conditions were difficult, but despite the inferiority we turned the battle around. Our soldiers showed great courage. We will always thank them for their dedication. Their souls, their sacrifices and their achievements.We memorize the lessons of default generation after generation.
“If Iran tries to rely on us to prevent it – a direct lesson of the Yom Kippur War, which is a constant reminder of the importance of power, which led the opposing side to seek a ceasefire, which makes it clear to our soul seekers that we do not rule out a strike. With Russia. The power will bring more peace agreements with Muslim countries. “
He was followed by Minister Gantz, who said: “These are the terrible days that come back every year, 47 years since that difficult war that left a void in the hearts of us all. This year these days are more terrible. Reality forces us to mourn and remember differently. Even in these complex days, , Visit the graves of our loved ones.Please, do so responsibly and carefully, as they would like.
“That war, the hardest of the Israeli wars, despite its challenges and its heavy price, ended in victory. Thanks to the sacrifice and solidarity and faith of those who did not think twice and went out to defend the homeland. We proved to our enemy that the State of Israel cannot be subdued. It was because of the power and no less – because of the wind. It was indeed by virtue of power and it was no less by virtue of morality. We should remember that power and morality, power and way of life, power and modesty – must live together. ”
The Substitute Prime Minister later added: “We are facing a completely different battle. This time, too, we were caught unprepared. We have been starving the health system for years. The price we pay is very heavy. But this time, too, we will win. ”
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