Tribute to an Israeli

by Laura Ehrenberg-Chesler on June 9, 2016

in Geopolitical,Israel,Tribute

Yesterday there was a murderous attack on Israeli civilians in Tel Aviv. Four people were murdered, many others wounded, some seriously.
Like in the United States, the Israelis have several elite units, similar to our Army Rangers and Navy Seals. One of the people who perished yesterday was not only a husband and father of two, but he was a member of Sayeret Matkal, one of the elite units in Israel charged with protecting the Jewish people. The following is a short description of Ido ben Ari from the “Times of Israel”.

Reut Fishman, sister of Sarona Market shooting victim Ido Ben Ari, says at his funeral this evening that Ido “was a man of peace. He had friends of every sort and type, including Arabs. He was full of indescribable charm, generosity, love.”
Ben Ari, 42, “was a wonderful brother and a good son to mom and dad,” Fishman tells Army Radio.

Ben Ari was a father of two who served in the elite Sayeret Matkal commando unit and held a senior position at The Coca-Cola Company’s Israel branch. In a statement, Coca-Cola said yesterday that the company “mourns the tragic loss of our friend Ido Ben Ari, a victim of this horrific act. We send our condolences and warmest wishes to the family.”

“Ido Ben Ari’s father eulogizes him at his funeral, underway now in Yavneh.

“My beloved and precious son, in normal places it isn’t customary for fathers to bury their children, but in this case things are turned around, a father is burying his son, and there’s nothing harder than that,” he says.

“Today it’s my son, and my pain is too great to bear. My life will not be the same.”

He adds: “We don’t want revenge. We want a solution.”

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