While Home Front Minister Matan Vilnai represented the government at the ceremony in Jerusalem's Har Herzl Cemetery, no minister showed up at the ceremony in Tel Aviv's Kiryat Shaul Military Cemetery, which was organized by Yad LaBanim, the organization that memorializes the IDF's fallen sons.
"This is simply a disgrace, it is shameful," said Eli Ben Shem, the head of Yad LaBanim. "While the government discusses social justice it creates injustice somewhere else."
"The soldiers paid the price of the leadership's ineptitude," he added. "Almost 40 years have passed and nothing has changed. I expect the government of Israel to do some soul searching to ensure that such a disgrace does not repeat itself. Treating bereavement lightly has become standard. Yad LaBanim will not remain silent on this matter."