Thousands accompanied Captain Ziv Daus, 21, and Sergeant Netanel Kahalani, 20, who were murdered by a Muslim terrorist in a car-ramming attack on Friday, on their final journey on Saturday night and Sunday morning, as they were laid to rest.
The funeral of Captain Ziv Deus took place at the military cemetery in Holon.
“Why do we deserve this? You are etched into our soul,” Ziv’s father, Ronen, said weeping.
“Shema Yisrael! Why? What did we do?” his grandfather Shalom Daus cried out.
Ziv’s father Ronen lamented the fact he had to say the Jewish prayer of mourning for his son. “I have to say Kaddish for him? He needs to say Kaddish for me. This is against nature,” he said.
“God will protect you from above. He took an angel from me. God takes all of the angels and all of the good ones. God preserve us,” Ronen continued.
After the funeral had ended, Ziv’s family members kissed his grave and wept. His mother cried over the fresh grave, asking, “Who is now going to tell me, ‘Mom, thank God everything is okay’?”
Sergeant Netanel Kahalani, 20, who was also murdered in the terror attack, was laid to rest overnight Saturday.
Netanel’s father Danny spoke about his son, “You were kind and you helped people, made sure your brothers were doing good, you were loved and smiled a lot.”
“I can’t comprehend this yet and I don’t know if I could move on. I love you. I already miss you, so what’s going to happen in the future? I’ve loved you very much, and lost you in a second,” the father continued.
“Twenty years is nothing, but thank you for them. Watch over us from above, I hope you’re in heaven,” he concluded.
“My Netanel, my beloved,” his mother Naomi eulogized. “My dear child, how am I going to say goodbye to you today? I always knew we would separate, but I never imagined it would be this soon. You were a wonderful child, you loved living, you were full of life. My good boy with the heart of gold, thank you for 20 years of grace, love and friendship. We will never separate, you will always be in my heart. I love you very much, and I wish we would one day meet in eternity.”
Both Daus and Kahalani were promoted in rank posthumously. Two other soldiers who were wounded in the attack remain hospitalized at the Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikva. One is in serious condition, while another was in moderate condition.