Netanyahu: Father who interrupted should not be suspended

PM intervenes, blocks suspension of bereaved father who interrupted Netanyahu's Memorial Day speech on Sunday.

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The bereaved father who interrupted Netanyahu's speech
The bereaved father who interrupted Netanyahu's speech
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Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday afternoon spoke to administrators at Yad Lebanim, the association of bereaved IDF parents, and requested they not take any action against the bereaved father who interrupted Netanyahu's speech.

Netanyahu's speech was part of a ceremony inaugurating the new "Heichal Hazikaron" (Hall of Remembrance) that was held on Jerusalem's Mount Herzl a few hours prior to the start of Israel's Memorial Day for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terrorism.

Yad Lebanim ceded to Netanyahu's request and froze a planned suspension of the bereaved father, Shaul Chitayat, who lost his son Omri in 1996.

During Sunday's ceremony, Chitayat interrupted Netanyahu's speech saying, "Even on this holy day, I do not forgive Leah Goldin's tears. Her tears demand an immediate apology."