Netanyahu comforts murdered policewoman’s family

June 19, 2017 Agencies
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara have paid a condolence call on the family of the late Hadas Malka, who was murdered in a terrorist attack at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem on Friday evening.

Hadas Malka

Hadas Malka, 23, of Moshav Givat Ezer in central Israel, died of wounds sustained in a terrorist attack on Friday evening at her post outside the Old City of Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate.

Malka started her mandatory military service in the navy but later transferred to the Border Police, extending her mandatory service by 15 months in the process, after deciding she wanted to protect Jerusalem from terrorists.

Hadas was critically injured in the stabbing attack on Friday evening. She was transferred to Hadassah Hospital Mount Scopus in Jerusalem where she underwent emergency surgery but later succumbed to her injuries.

Hadas’s parents told the Prime Minister and his wife about their daughter’s service and her determination to serve in the Border Police.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu comforts David Malka           Photo: Kobi Gideon (GPO)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: “We saw just now a wonderful family, a very fine family with deep love for the land and the state. These things are so apparent when we see Hadas’s story and it is totally clear where she grew up and the values she brought with her from such a home. This is the child of us all and the hero for us all. If there is one thing that is etched in me, and – I am certain – also in my wife and in whoever was there, it is what Hadas’s father David said: ‘You must understand that if we are not there then we have no capital.’ And I say: Without these young people, we have no country. I bow my head and salute you, Hadas, our hero.”

His wife Sara Netanyahu added: “This girl was a leader, a beautiful girl; we see that she was someone special. All of us, I think every mother and father in the State of Israel and the State of Israel, we all embrace Hadas’s mother and father, and brothers and sisters. A truly wonderful family and every time it is sad again to discover our heroes and heroines, when it is always too late for me to sit and talk with them, but her presence in the room was so strong and so special.

I told them that they were truly privileged to have such a child. I think that all of us in the country are privileged to have such a heroine and a child like Hadas Malka, and like Hadar Cohen, to whom Hadas wrote a chilling post over a year ago in which she saluted her. She did not know that hers would be a similar fate. It is simply heart-rending. I think that we all, without exception, embrace the Malka family, for our heroic daughter.”

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