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        4/2/2013, Nisan 22, 5773

      PM Mourns Passover Tragedies, Urges Road Safety


      Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu addresses the tragic incidents that occurred over the Passover holiday in a speech on Monday night. "I would like to thank the Israel Police and the security services for protecting and guarding Israelis who traveled around the country during the holiday," he stated.

      "I would like you to know about the pain that I feel for the families that lost loved ones in traffic accidents and for the Sarayah family, which lost three of its sons in a tragedy off the coast of Ashkelon. I spoke with the father of the family and I told him that I speak on behalf of all Israelis, that he and the rest of his family should find the strength to overcome the disaster. Hundreds of thousands of Israelis are now celebrating Mimouna. I call on all Israelis to drive home safely."

      He made the comments at a public Mimouna gathering, the holiday that celebrates the end of Passover and the redemption of the Jewish people.

      Several Israeli organizations exist to work for better road safety and to help those affected by crashes. They include:

      Or Yarok (Green Light), The Israel National Road Safety Authority, The Ran Naor Foundation for Advancement of Road Safety Research, Nirsham, a mobile device application for reporting traffic violations, and others.