Rivlin with Biton family
Rivlin with Biton familyMark Neyman (GPO)

President Reuven Rivlin paid a condolence call in the Samarian community Yakir on Monday night to the parents of Adelle Biton. 

Biton, 4, passed away last week, two years after she was critically injured in a terrorist attack in which stones were thrown at her family's car.

Also on hand during the visit were Yakir's Chief Rabbi, Rabbi Aharon Cohen, as well as the head of the Samarian Regional Council, Gershon Mesika, and his deputy, Yossi Dagan. 

Rivlin embraced Rafi Biton, Adelle's father, and said, “I have been receiving updates on Adelle’s progress at every opportunity over the past two years, and her fate pains me – as president, and as a citizen. Her cries where heard around the world." 

"I have come here to offer comfort in the midst of your terrible grief.  Adelle touched all of our hearts, and indeed became symbol."

Adva Biton, Adelle’s mother, thanked the President, noting, “I have received support and countless phone calls from across the globe.  Adele touched the souls of so many.”

"That stone murdered her two years ago, and it is important to make that clear," Adva added. 

The President responded, “You deserve much admiration for your struggle for her, for your dedication to caring for your daughter, like a lioness, your dedication is unparalleled.”

Adva argued, "I am not befitting of all that, but it was Adelle who gave me strength. Adelle was the light of the house, silently, and without speaking, she gave us the strength."

Mesika told Adelle's parents that "we are aware the sense of loss and pain is absolute, but it is important for us to clarify to you that you are not alone. All the people of Israel embrace you right now." 

Noting the Biton's strength, Mesika concluded, "this is the most important message to our enemies: you will not stop us. We will continue to live here, in Samaria, Jerusalem, and everywhere in Israel. We are not going to give up one inch of our land."