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September 26, 2016 / 23 Elul, 5776
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A Nation in Unity on Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Remembrance Day

"Even if it means unparalleled pain, a great miracle happened here. Israel returned to her country."
President Shimon Peres attends a ceremony held at Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem, on Israel's Yom HaZikaron, which commemorates Israel's fallen soldiers and Israeli civilians killed in terror attacks.

President Shimon Peres attends a ceremony held at Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem, on Israel's Yom HaZikaron, which commemorates Israel's fallen soldiers and Israeli civilians killed in terror attacks.
Photo Credit: Kobi Gideon / GPO / Flash 90

Still, he said, “We can either be, or cease to exist. It is our privilege to have been here, and to be here. I doubt if there are other countries in the world who at the top of its agenda are discussions announcing present operational activities in the same cloud of sadness.”

Noting the sadness with which IDF officials approach their duty to notify bereaved families with “the timid knock on the door,” the president added, “Were it not for the courage of your children, your people, your dear brothers and sisters, we would not have a country.”

Hana Levi Julian

About the Author: Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


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