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The son of former Shin Bet deputy chief Yitzhak Ilan, Yonatan, paid tribute to him at noon (Friday) at a funeral held in a small format in the Ashdod cemetery.
“Dad, come for a moment … Come to me for another moment. No, it’s not a mistake. Come to me. You would sometimes be wrong in Hebrew. But it only happened to you when you felt really comfortable near your family and close friends. When you felt comfortable around everyone while having fun, congratulations , Friends’ meetings or just sitting in the living room, the lips would sometimes mix, your mother’s house would emerge through your sparkling eyes.
“At first the foreignness was evident in you, in a boy who immigrated to Israel from a communist country at the age of 17 and went through a difficult childhood. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, you insisted on receiving the medal and so it was.This insistence is what characterized you so much.
“Quickly you surpassed yourself and expressed your amazing abilities. Over the years, with the help of the dozens of dictionaries you have acquired as befits the most serious scholar I have ever known, you have already corrected others in Hebrew and translated documents from many languages and loved Hebrew as a Jewish person in the independent state of Israel. And sometimes you said ‘oh, that word, can’t be translated, sorry’.
“You enlisted in the IDF as a soldier and insisted so much on being an officer and commander in the Israel Defense Forces. From then on, the paths of the State of Israel and yours intersected. The state has recognized you as an invaluable asset and you for your part have not been disappointed. I did not disappoint this to say the least. You delivered the goods and in a big way. What the state and the citizens of Israel owe to you, I will let others say – about your work at all the important, crucial and secret nodes of the state many will still talk, and some of them will never talk.
“Dad, you would probably now pull out some proverb in Arabic, but you’re not here. You fought all your life, you gave up nothing. No detail escaped your notice. You learned and invested in reaching the top impact on everyone’s lives. “In my car. You asked me, ‘What character do you admire?’ I replied, ‘What do you mean?’ I replied that “I also admire Albert Einstein,” but even then, I knew in my heart that I admired you. I was just too embarrassed to say that.
“So here I have compiled some of the degrees you have held: mathematician, researcher, philosopher, intelligence man, reciprocal benefactor, officer and commander, leader and manager, chess player, painter, quiz, storyteller, hiker, jumper, teacher and lecturer, justice warrior, winner of the Mathematics Olympiad Of the Soviet Union twice, speaker of five languages, translator, scholar, spy hunter, hero of Israel.
“Dad, we won you over. You’re the hero of a lot of people, but first of all you’re my dad. All the moments you gave the sweat of your brow that others slept well in their house, the insane nights, the conversations on Friday night under the secure phone line near the Kiddush cup Wait, it’s important. ”Overseas travel, frequent absences. But you have always been there for us and you have not lacked anything from us. Always the best, the best. “
“Few have had the respect and appreciation you have won in your life. And now? Now I want to tell you that I am proud of you and what are you proud of Dad? In property? No. In money? No. In fame? No. In your special family, in your roots, in your ancestors, in your strong connection to Judaism. Enjoy it, the pride in Israel, the pride in Jerusalem, the pride in Ashdod.
“Your beautiful figure, your handsome features, your upright and steady stature, your green eyes from which wisdom has been seen, your deep voice and serious expression did not leave anyone indifferent, even those who met with you for a few minutes. And who knows best? The little children. Here, years ago Tells to take your eldest granddaughter from kindergarten. A seemingly simple act, but a privilege we almost had as children. Suddenly, the children in kindergarten who did not know who you were and did not even exchange a word with them shouted: ‘The mayor has come to us in kindergarten! Here is the mayor.’
“Dad, you knew how to look at everyone. You never disqualified anyone because of their opinions, beliefs, status, gender or appearance. I’ll give you one last look now my dad. Dad, I promise you – we will continue your legacy, become cohesive and strong. I “I promise you that Jordan will continue to flow with pride, Dror will continue to pursue freedom and tweet and Maayan will emerge with great influence. I will take care of mother, Sharona and Gabi.”
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