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  10/30/2012, Cheshvan 14, 5773

Netanyahu to Wounded Officer: All of Israel Salutes You


Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu paid a visit, Wednesday, to Major Ziv Shilon, who was wounded in a terror attack, last week along the Gaza border, and is recovering at Soroka Hospital in Be'er Sheva'. Netanyahu told Shilon, "All of the people embrace you and reinforce you. I say 'thanks' in the name of all of the people of Israel. I am very moved by your strengths. The prime minister gave the officer his book Yoni's Letters with a personal dedication, in which he wrote, "Revered soldier and commander, all the people of Israel salute you for your courage and sacrifice for the preservation of the homeland."

Shilon responded, "Thank you, Prime Minister, for coming here. Many citizens visit me and it encourages me a lot. The state of Israel and its citizens need security and, if necessary, at the risk of life and limb. That's why I came to the army." At the end of the visit, Netanyahu met with Be'er Sheva' Mayor Rubik Danilovich and told him, "Hamas hides in the middle of a civilian population and fires from there at our communities. We will respond forcefully to every place from which they fire at us."