Duvdevan soldier Ronen Lubarsky laid to rest in Jerusalem

Family members, relatives, friends and Duvdevan Unit fighters on Saturday night attended the funeral of Staff Sergeant Ronen Lubarsky, an IDF soldier who was critically wounded after a marble block was thrown at him by Muslim terrorists during a counter-terrorism operation near Ramallah.

Duvdevan soldier Ronen Lubarsky laid to rest in Jerusalem

Lubarsky, 20, was pronounced dead Saturday morning at the Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in Jerusalem, and was buried at the military cemetery on Mount Herzl.

Ronen’s brother, Arik, said:

“Dear brother, tell me, how did we reach this weird situation? Although you were so modest, and I am nothing compared to you, I will now become a much better person thanks to you. Everyone is talking about you, everyone loves you. You are such a hero, such a champ. You always fought.

“They say free choice is the strongest human trait, and you chose your entire life. You walked through every closed door. Wherever you heard no, you said yes, and you were better than anyone. In school, in soccer, in your studies, in Krav Maga, and finally in the IDF. And I’m certain that you chose this moment too. I have no doubt about it. And I’m happy about it. I know you didn’t suffer and I’m very proud of you.

“Unfortunately, IDF soldiers are dealing with the threats you experienced every day and every night. Wild animals await them on the rooftops. I breathed with them, I am with them in blood now. Duvdevan and IDF soldiers are forced to deal with washing machines and bricks being thrown on them. I pray to God that our leaders, who I love, will do something about it.

“I turn to the people of Israel, who have given my family a huge embrace which I didn’t believe existed. Our biggest victory is living a full life, for my little brother and for all the heroes buried on this mountain. Live your life with joy, faith, love. Even on these difficult days, I wake up and I’m just happy with what I see around me. I expect you all to do the same, for my brother and for all those who have fallen for us. Take something good upon yourself, something small, and slowly, thanks to our deeds, there will be less and less funerals. Ronik, I love you, I salute you. You’re a hero.”

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