Family and friends attend the funeral of Sgt. First Class Amit Ben-Yigal at the cemetery in Be'er Ya'akov, May 12, 2020. (Yossi Aloni/Flash90) (Yossi Aloni/Flash90)
funeral Amit Ben-Yigal

An only child, Ben-Yigal was exempt from serving in a combat unit but insisting on fighting for his country. 

Sgt. First Class Amit Ben-Yigal, a 21-year-old IDF soldier, was murdered Tuesday morning by a rock-throwing Palestinian while operating in Judea and Samaria in a search for terrorists.

Ben-Yigal represented the best that Israel has to offer. His father’s only child (his mother has daughters from a second marriage), he was exempt from serving in combat but insisting on fighting for his country, and his father signed a document allowing him to do so.

“How heroic of the father, how heroic of the son,” Defense Minister Naftali Bennett said at the funeral.






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