We tend to get so caught up in the action and confusion of a terror attack, particularly a combined onslaught like yesterday’s, that sometimes the victims get pushed to one side for only their families to grieve. In order that we should not forget, here is a (partial) list of those killed yesterday. ה’ יקום דמם. May Hashem avenge their blood.
St. Sgt. Moshe Naftali,22, of Ofra in the Shomron, was killed while responding to the initial attacks.
A resident of Ofra, Naftali, 22, graduated from the yeshiva high school in Beit El and studied at Moshav Keshet on the Golan Heights before joining the Golani Brigade.
Pascal Avrahami, 49, married with three children, a senior counter-terrorism officer with the Israel Police, was killed in a shoot-out during the briefings given by the Defence Minister and Chief of Staff.
Police Insp.-Gen. Yochanan Danino said the force “bows its heads and salutes Paskal Avrahami, the most veteran of the Counter-Terrorism Unit, who fell in a firefight with terrorists near the Netafim checkpoint.” He added that Avrahami was born in France, and emigrated to Israel in 1985. He served in a wide range of roles in the Counter-Terrorism Unit, though “little was known of the humble fighter’s acts and of the fact that he raised generations of fighters.” Avrahami received two citations for bravery and exemplary conduct, and was known for his cool headedness and professionalism under fire, Danino said. Avrahami was struck by a sniper from the terror cell that launched deadly attacks earlier north of Eilat.
The four civilians killed in their car by an anti-tank missiles were two sisters and their husbands: Moshe and Flora Gaz, and Flora’s sister Shula Karlinsky and her husband, Dov Karlinsky.
Both couples lived in Kfar Saba.
The four took off for a vacation in Eilat on Thursday, but never arrived. As they approached the city they were ambushed by terrorists, who fired an anti-tank missile at their car.
After the missile hit his target, a terrorist approached the car and fired on the four to make sure they had all been slain.
Flora, 52, and Shula, 54, both worked in daycare centers for three- and four-year-old children in Kfar Saba. “They were very well-known and respected educators,” Mayor Yehuda Ben-Hamo said of the two sisters. “This is a big tragedy for all of us.”
The Gaz family was expecting their first grandchild in another three months. They are survived by three children. The Karlinskys are survived by two children and two grandchildren.
“Flora and Moshe were excited for the birth of their first grandchild, but they will never see him,” one of the couple’s friends said Friday.
One more victim, the bus driver from the second bus attack, has not had his name released yet.
May Hashem avenge their blood and may their memories be for a blessing.
יהי זכרם ברוך