The funeral of Staff Sergeant Tuvia Yanai Weissman, the 21-year-old combat soldier of the Nahal Brigade who was murdered while shopping by knife-wielding 14-year-old Arab terrorists on Thursday, began at 8 a.m. on Friday at Har Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem.
Tuvia Yanai Weissman attended high school in Jerusalem and a pre-military program in Gush Etzion. He enlisted into the Nahal Brigade and then proceeded to get married. Aside from leaving behind a wife and 4-month-old baby, he also is left behind by his parents and 3 siblings.
At the funeral, Weissman’s bereaved widow Yael said: “you were always full of endless giving, if you hadn’t run there (to stop the terrorists) you wouldn’t be the Yanai that I know and fell in love with. If only you could have been with Neta more, how many dreams we had.”
“Before we entered the supermarket I asked you when we will be a normal family and you said it won’t be long,” she said, in a reference to his ongoing intense army service.
“My beloved, who would believe that I would write to you while you are no longer with me, in the short time we had on the weekends you made sure to take care of everything. You heard that something happened and you ran and I waited for you.”
“We managed so much in two years of marriage even though we weren’t together a lot.”
“Yanai you are a true hero of all the nation of Israel, you knew that you had no weapon and nevertheless you ran. I want to thank you, I merited to learn from a talented and special man. Thank you for our Neta,” concluded Yael.
Following the attack, the IDF decided to close the Sha’ar Binyamin Industrial Zone to Arab entry, aside from employees with work permits at the site. It was also decided that a route connecting Al-Ram and Adam will be closed to Arab traffic, and that security checks on Arabs coming out from the Ramallah region will be intensified.