The two IDF soldiers who were killed in yesterday’s cross-border attack in the were identified yesterday as Captain Yohai Kalangel and Sergeant Dor Nini:
The two IDF soldiers killed in the Hezollah attack on the Israel-Lebanon border on Wednesday are Captain Yohai Kalangel and Sergeant Dor Nini. Seven others have been lightly and moderately wounded in the attack.
Yohai Kalangel, 25, from the Har Gilo settlement in the West Bank, was a father of a one-year-old girl and married to Tali, who is pregnant with their second child. He was the commander of the Tzabar Battalion’s supporting company, and received a decoration from the IDF chief of staff on Independence Day last year. He was posthumously promoted to the rank of Major.
“Yohai was a great man, salt of the earth, a fighter with all of his might, a leading and outstanding officer and for that he got a citation from the chief of staff last Independence Day,” the Kalangel family said in a statement, adding they would want whoever can attend the funeral to come.
“We want to thank the family, friends, the army and the settlement Elazar for all of the support. We also want to send our condolences to the Nini family whose son Dor has fallen, and get well wishes to the wounded,” the family said.
Dor Nini, 20, from Moshav Shtulim near Ashdod, was a combat soldiuer at the Givati Brigade’s Tzabar battalion. Nini, who fought in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge, was posthumously promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant.
“My little brother was always smiling, he was a fighter who loved the army. There’s no situation in which he wasn’t smiling. If he heard of a hungry soldier, he’d always ask for money to give that soldier,” Dor Nini’s brother Aviel said.
What a huge loss for their families and for Am Yisrael. May their memories be for a blessing and may their families be comforted amongst the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. יהי זכרם ברוך.
Meanwhile, back at the UN, you will probably not be surprised to learn that the Security Council held an emergency session on the violence on the Israel-Lebanon border, and you will be even less surprised to hear that Israel – of all parties – was NOT invited to the discussion!
Along with IDF soldiers Major Yochai Kalengel and Sgt. Dor Nini, who were killed when Hezbollah fired antitank missiles at two IDF vehicles, a Spanish UNIFIL peacekeeper was killed in Israel’s retaliatory fire.
During the meeting – to which Israel was cordially not invited – the UN Security Council discussed the implications of the attack.
On Wednesday, the Spanish Ambassador to the UN blamed Israel for the death of the soldier. While an investigation is ongoing, it is likely that the soldier died in an IDF response to the Hezbollah terror attack.
“It is clear that this was because of the escalation of the violence and it came from the Israeli side,” Spanish Ambassador Roman Oyarzun told reporters, according to the AFP news agency.
Israeli ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor was not invited to the meeting, and the Security Council did not release any statements on the meeting. Prosor warned in a letter that Israel was ready to take all necessary measures to defend itself and demanded that the council condemn Hezbollah.
“Israel will not stand by as Hezbollah targets Israelis,” wrote Prosor in a letter to the council also sent to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
I think that Ambassador Prosor’s words will have fallen on deaf ears. If the Security Council don’t see fit to invite Israel to a discussion on violence which targeted Israel and which is liable to ignite a war between Israel and Hezbollah, then why on earth would anyone think they are interested in our warnings?
The UN is acting as judge, jury and executioner of Israel in the international court of opinion without giving Israel the chance to state its case or provide any explanations.
In other words, just another day of the taxpayer’s dollars at work feeding the anti-Israel bias and hatred at the UN.