As I write this, we are minutes away from the first siren, of the first memorial service for those who fell defending Israel. Throughout the country, in every field and village and city, we will stand at attention for a minute and remember those who gave their lives so that the Jewish people would have a homeland in Israel.
I don’t need to go into the rightness of Israel’s cause. You’ll hear that ad nauseum at another time.
As I wrote before when discussing the Holocaust, the sirens of Israel cry every year for those that gave everything that they had. In our ears, it is as if they cry out to us. It’s as if they say to us, “Remember the price that we have paid.”
And it was the brightest and best of us who paid that price – especially since the order of battle in the Israeli army is ‘follow me’. And, those who lead are often the first to fall.
For those of you who live in the West, remember this. Israel has gone where you must follow. Terrorism will increasingly become a part of your lives, as it has become a part of our lives. The wars that we have fought will echo in the wars that you will fight.
But, know also that we stand beside you and understand.
We will always remember.