Aryeh Bar-Natan, whose son Haim was killed during operational activity in Lebanon, killed himself this Friday at the Har Herzl military cemetery, over his son’s grave.
The father, who is one of the founders of the Mitspeh Yericho community, located in the Judean Desert between Jerusalem and the Dead Sea, had apparently been sick for years with cancer.
The Mitspeh Yericho community said that it mourned the tragic loss of one of the founders of the community: “Aryeh was a unique personage in his contribution to the community, and since the tragic death of his son Haim, he worked to memorialize his son in various ways. One event he established was a yearly Shabbat which saw the convening of leading cantors.”
Haim Hy"d was killed during military activity in Lebanon in 1992. His commanders said after his death, “He was a soldier with amazing motivation, who left his mark on our company, despite the short time he served with it.”