At the funeral held on Mount Herzl, Itzik, father of 22-year-old First Sergeant Amit Bunzel, who fell in battle in the Gaza Strip, painfully eulogized: "There will be national religious, there will be rightists, there will be leftists, we are brotherly Jews. My dear son, rest in peace, I am not leaving you, I swear."
A message of unity: the eulogy of Itzik Bunzel, father of Staff Sergeant Amit Bunzel, who fell in Gaza
He continued, appealing to the people of Israel: "I can only consult, talk, tell you what is happening in the family, in the country you loved so much, and I very much hope that my voice is heard somewhere, little Itzik, makes a great request from the people of Israel, that I can come and tell you that there is unity, that there is peace in the nation, and that we have defeated the damned."
"Dear audience, I have until you have a small request, one, I ask whoever comes to comfort us, not to say that you will know no more sorrow, not to tell us in Jerusalem to be comforted. Come in, come out, and say we came to thank Amit for fighting for us, and protecting us with his body. Dear colleague, we will remember you always, indefinitely."
Amit Bunzel who fell in battle in the Gaza Strip, photo: IDF Spokesperson
Family friend Sharona said earlier today: "Amit, a sweet boy who has become the man of men. Fighter and commander in a paratrooper reconnaissance. He fought against a despicable squad of evil forces and fell in battle. Noa, his mother, did not fall asleep at night out of concern for her two sons, fighters who fought in Gaza. Yesterday, while they were informed that Amit had fallen, a delegation went to rescue Nadav, their eldest son, who fought in the heart of Gaza, in order to inform him of his little brother's death." Uncle Netanel: "My heart was torn. It is incomprehensible that this smile is no longer with us."
Amit's brother Nadav received the news when he also fought in Gaza. He is survived by his parents, Yitzhak and Noa, and two brothers, Nadav and Adi.
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