Gal (L) and Gadi Eisenkot
Gal (L) and Gadi EisenkotCourtesy of the family

The IDF has cleared for publication that the son of former IDF Chief of Staff, Minister Gadi Eisenkot (National Unity), Gal Meir Eisenkot, 25, from Herzliya, a soldier in the 699th Battalion, fell in battle in northern Gaza.

In addition, the IDF announced that Sergeant Major (Res.) Jonathan David Deitch, 34, from Harish, a soldier in Patrol Battalion 6623 of the 55th Brigade, fell in southern Gaza.

In addition, two reservists, a soldier and a paramedic, in the 53rd Battalion of the Barak Brigade, were severely wounded. A combat officer in the Nahal Reconnaissance Unit was severely wounded as well. The wounded soldiers were evacuated to hospitals, and their families were informed.

National Unity Chairman Minister Benny Gantz lamented the loss of his party member's son: "While touring the headquarters of the 162nd Division, we received bad news, Gal, the son of my friend Gadi Eisenkot, fell in battle. Gall did not hesitate and reported for reserve duty for the nation which he was educated to love and which he loved with every fiber of his soul."

He added: "Together with the rest of the people of Israel, I send support to Gadi and his family, and a big hug. We are all committed to continue fighting for the holy objective for which Gal fell."

Israeli President Isaac Herzog eulogized: "Michal and I lament, mourn, and are pained with the mourning of Gadi and Chana Eisenkot on the death of their son Gal in battle in the Gaza Strip. Gadi told me more than once about Gal, who was the landscape of his family - moral, strived for excellence, and loved everyone. Gadi gave his entire life for Israel's security, the IDF, and the state, and today he and his family paid an unbearable price."