Netanyahu Visits the Grave of Late Brother Yoni

Ahead of Memorial Day, Prime Minister Netanyahu visits the grave of his brother who fell during the Entebbe operation in 1976.

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Netanyahus at Yoni's grave
Netanyahus at Yoni's grave
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Ahead of Remembrance Day for the Fallen of Israel's Wars (Memorial Day), Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah on Saturday night visited the grave of the prime minister’s brother Yoni, who fell during the operation to free the hostages at Entebbe in 1976.

The Netanyahus visited the grave, on the Mt. Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem, on Saturday evening in order to avoid bothering the bereaved families.

Memorial Day will begin with a minute-long siren at 8:00 p.m. this coming Tuesday. According to statistics released Friday by the Defense Ministry, 23,320 Israelis have been killed at war or in terror attacks, with  another 116 being killed in 2014.

In total, 16,760 families are "bereaved families" in Israel, with 9,753 grieving parents, 4,958 widows, and 2,098 orphans.

Of those, 67 soldiers fell during Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, adding 131 bereaved parents to the list. Eleven women lost their husbands, 24 children lost parents, two were born orphans, and 187 lost siblings.