“Ultra-Orthodox, secular, religious and traditional, Jews and Arabs – terror strikes us all without discrimination and without mercy, and we will never surrender to it,” President Rivlin stated.
President Reuven Rivlin on Monday paid condolence calls to the Prezuazman family, whose son Pinchas Menachem was killed the previous day by flying shrapnel in Ashdod; the Agadi family, whose father Moshe was killed on Saturday in a rocket attack on Askhelon; and the al-Hamamda family, whose father Ziad was also killed Sunday in the rocket attack on a factory in Ashkelon.
At the Prezuazman home, the president, who consoled the family together with Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman, told the mourners that the death of their son, father and husband was an unbearable loss to the People of Israel.
According to Jewish tradition, “we say, ‘Blessed is the true judge’ and we know that there is no consolation for such terrible grief as this. We are with you in the true prayer that you will only know happy occasions in the future,” the president said.
Rivlin then continued on to Ashkelon, where he visited the Agadi family, which is mourning for Moshe. The wonderful family that the terror victim left behind is testimony to the man he was – his good heart and his great love for the people and the country. the president said.
“Beloved grandmother and mother,” said the president, “we are praying with you that your pain will be lessened by the comfort brought by your grandchildren and great-grandchildren and by your whole family.”
He then visited the al-Hamamda family, who lost their father Ziad, in Segev Shalom. Accompanied by Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Uri Ariel, Israel’s head of state met Ziad’s family members and children, who thanked him for coming.
“I do everything I can to visit all Israelis who are in such terrible grief from terrorist attacks. We, the tribes of Israel, are together in good times and bad, in hope and in difficulty, regardless of which tribe we are from.
“Ultra-Orthodox, secular, religious and traditional, Jews and Arabs – terror strikes us all without discrimination and without mercy, and we will never surrender to it. We are together in celebration and in consolation, and I pray with all my might that you will know no more sorrow.”
Source: Israel Government Press Office