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Ketzaleh: Proud of Eilat Attack Heroes

MK Yaakov Katz sends condolences, expresses pride in heroes who gave their lives to stop terrorists.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 8/19/2011, 12:59 PM

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MK Yaakov “Ketzaleh” Katz sent condolences Friday to the families and friends of those murdered in a massive terrorist attack near Eilat. He also sent a message of solidarity to residents of Israel's south, which has faced repeated terrorist rocket attacks since Thursday.

Ketzaleh expressed pride in the soldiers who put their lives at risk to fight the terrorists and end the attack, and in particular, in the two who gave their lives – Staff Sergeant Moshe Naftali, 22, and Sergeant-Major of Commando Unit, Pascal Avrahami, 49.

Both lived east of the 1949 armistice line – Naftali in the town of Ofra, north of Jerusalem, and Avrahami in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Pisgat Zev.

“I am proud of the community of pioneers whose sons are taught a boundless sense of devotion to their mission. They desire to give to the country, not to make demands, they do not ask what the country owes them, but rather, what they can give to the state of Israel,” he said.

Ketzaleh slammed President Shimon Peres, whom he accused of creating the situation. “We will have a moral reckoning when the time comes with he who dreams about peace, President Shimon Peres, who put the state of Israel into the difficult situation we find ourselves in, under danger of rocket attack from north and south,” he said. He was referring to the Oslo Accords which Peres negotiated for a year without telling then Prime Minister Rabin until they were almost unstoppable, and which entailed giving guns to the PA as well as territory.

“But until then, we will strengthen one another in the war against the murderers who rise against us.”

Eight people were murdered in Thursday's terrorist attacks, six of them civilians. Five of them were identified as Moshe and Flora Gaz and Dov and Shulamit “Shula” Karlinsky of Kfar Saba, and Yosef Levy of Holon. Flora and Shula were sisters on vacation together with their husbands.