Prominent rabbis, public figures and the fallen soldiers’ family members arrived at the holy site in Jerusalem for a first-of-its-kind event as part of the campaign to bring the bodied back home for burial.
“I thank everyone who helped and everyone who prayed,” Hadar’s father, Simcha Goldin, said at the end of the rally. He asked the Israeli public “not to stop praying, God forbid, but also to complement the prayers with action.”
He called on the public “to start explaining to its leadership—both the religious and the political leadership—that it’s time for action and there’s no time left. The time is now. We must pressure them and not let go, and bring Hadar and Oron to be buried in Israel. It’s our mission, it’s a mitzvah, it’s what the public is demanding.”
‘Restore our national dignity’
The prayer was led by Jerusalem’s Chief Rabbi Aryeh Stern, Safed’s Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu and Rabbi Shlomo Aviner, a leading religious-Zionist rabbi.
Knesset Member Moti Yogev of the Bayit Yehudi faction called on the government, together with Simcha Goldin, to use all means at Israel’s disposal to exert considerable pressure on the terror organizations, without releasing terrorists, to return the two soldiers, who were killed while defending the citizens of the State of Israel.
“It is our duty to bring them for burial in Israel and to restore our national dignity,” he said. “We are appealing both to the government and to God,” added Rabbi Eliyahu.