Bereaved father: I'm shocked, this is a travesty

Father of Emanuel Moreno, soldier who died in Lebanon, decries court ruling to demolish monument established in memory of his son.

Hezki Baruch ,

Ilan Moreno
Ilan Moreno
Photo: Eliran Aharon

Ilan Moreno, father of Lieutenant Colonel Emanuel Moreno who was killed in combat in Lebanon, reacted to the Arutz Sheva publication of the intended demolition of the observation post that was built in memory of his son and First-Lieutenant Ezra Asher in the Netiv Ha'avot neighborhood in the Gush Etzion town of Elazar.

"I'm shocked. This is a travesty. I'm terribly pained, as this is a monument for the memory of soldiers who fell defending the land," Ilan Moreno told Arutz Sheva.

"This is an observation post that was built by friends of Emanuel out of their own pockets. I visit it every year. There are always people there telling stories and singing. I know that there are lots of groups that go there in order to hear about Emanuel and the legacy of that battle in general.

"What will we do now, bring groups over there and show them that the Supreme Court destroyed the observation point?" wonders the bereaved father, "I don't know if there's anything I can do about it. I'm the victim. Those who haven't yet had the opportunity to visit the monument are also victims, and those who have gone and seen the beauty and peace are even greater victims."