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Deep Mourning for Hesder Yeshiva Soldier Killed in Clash with Terrorists

Cpl. Natanel Yahalomi with his father.

Cpl. Natanel Yahalomi with his father.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Yahalomi family.

The religious town of Nof Ayalon became steeped in mourning on Friday, following the announcement of the tragic death of Cpl. Natanel Yahalomi, an Artillery Corp soldier killed in a fire exchange with terrorists at the Egyptian border.

Yahalomi, 20, who was recruited as a student of the Hesder yeshiva in Ma’alot last March, was buried Saturday night in the military cemetery in Modi’in.

His sister, Avital Yahalomi, told Channel 10 News that Natanel was scheduled to come home for the Sukkot holiday next week. “We’ve waited so much for this holiday. It was also our dad’s birthday. It hurts so much that the Creator of the world took him during the holiday season, of all times.”

She added that her brother was assigned to the artillery corps, but was fighting to be taken into a combat unit. He wanted to go into the infantry, to contribute as much as possible.”

Avital shared that “We knew Natanel was serving at a difficult area, but he wouldn’t tell us where exactly. He maintained secrecy, he was an exemplary soldier. We’re still in great shock.”

His father said over Natanel’s grave: “More than 20 years ago we had a baby. We picked the name Netanel (Hebrew: God-given) because we felt that God gave us a gift. We received a wonderful gift which we now return to the Creator of the world. We pray and beg that you will be the last of the fallen in the nation of Israel.”

The IDF Spokesman’s Office reported on Friday that Cpl. Natanel Yahalomi was killed and another soldier was moderately injured, as IDF forces prevented a large-scale terror attack on the Israeli-Egyptian border.

The terrorists opened fire on IDF soldiers as the soldiers performed routine activity to secure the construction of the fence along the Israel-Egypt border. At least one of the terrorists was armed with an explosive belt. The IDF force returned fire, and an additional IDF force patrolling nearby identified the three terrorists and also opened fire, killing all three.

IDF Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Yoav (Poly) Mordechai stated that initial findings show that the IDF force successfully prevented a large-scale attack on Israeli civilians. No terrorists managed to infiltrate into Israel.

The incident took place near the border fence in the Har Harif area. This is an area in which the construction of the fence has not been completed.

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9 Responses to “Deep Mourning for Hesder Yeshiva Soldier Killed in Clash with Terrorists”

  1. Sharon Marks Altshul says:

    Baruch dayan emet, beautiful words by Natanel's father, expressed my thoughts exactly. May the family be comforted with all the mourners of Zion.

  2. Liad Bar-el says:

    May it be HaShem's will to bless Cpl. Natanel Yahalomi efforts to guard the Holy Land of Israel with his life and to give peace from heaven to his whole family.

  3. Beryl Cohen says:

    THERE R NO SUITABLE WORDS FOR YET ANOTHER TRADGEDY.

  4. Beryl Cohen says:

    THERE R NO SUITABLE WORDS FOR YET ANOTHER TRADGEDY.

  5. Dina Fink says:

    thoughts with his family and friends – he payed the ultimate price for our country

  6. Rachel Shore says:

    may his mishpacha ans friends be comforted in this great loss

  7. Precy Vales says:

    What we need today in Israel is a leader like their King David,, I believed that PM Netanyahu is the best leader, and I prayed that God give him a heart like King David's heart and braveness, I prayed that PM Natenyahu will not give in to the will's of other country or other leader. He must stand firm for the protection of his people. Condolences to the family of Soldier Natanel Yahalomi, peace be upon Soldier Natanel Yahalomi, he's truly a great soldier. I salute you. And God be with Israel forever, like when He was with King David. Jesus Christ my Lord and my Savior will come to rescue you soon. God blessed Israel and all His people.

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