JERUSALEM, Israel — Dr. Yechiel Leiter provided a heartfelt plea to U.S. President Joe Biden at his son Moshe’s funeral in the Mount Herzl navy cemetery on Sunday: don’t strain Israel to cease the battle in opposition to Hamas.
Maj. (res.) Moshe Yedidyah Leiter was considered one of 4 members of the Israel Defense Force (IDF) 551st Brigade’s 697th Battalion who have been killed in Gaza by a booby-trapped tunnel on Friday. Thousands of mourners got here to his funeral, which lasted a number of hours.
His father, a former chief of workers to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is well-known all through the Jewish world, particularly in the U.S., the place he was born.
Our great associates Yechiel and Chani Leiter misplaced their oldest son Moshe in Gaza yesterday. Funeral at present.
Netanyahu spoke with Yechiel and promised him:
I swear to you. Your son is not going to have fallen in useless. We will full the job. And finishing the job signifies that the… https://t.co/IWvlYRjspA
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Much of his eulogy was in Hebrew, however he addressed Biden in English:
Dear Mr. President Joe Biden:
I’m taking the liberty of speaking to you from Jerusalem. We have two issues in widespread, me and also you.
Number one: we have been each born in Scranton. Scranton, Pennsylvania. I nonetheless have my checking account at the PNC Bank on Joe Biden Boulevard. My mother, might she reside to 120, lives in Scranton. She’s an actual Scrantonian. And my maternal grandparents are buried in Scranton. So that’s the very first thing we now have in widespread, Mr. Biden.
The second factor we now have in widespread is that, as of final Friday, I, such as you, am a bereaved mum or dad. You misplaced a son, and I misplaced a son. So we now have two issues in widespread. That’s why I’m taking the liberty.
So you recognize — since you misplaced a son — you recognize the ache that I’m feeling now. The harrowing sense of darkness, the stabbing of the coronary heart, the longing to as soon as once more hug your boy, discuss to him about life, advise him on his profession.
There’s a lot I can let you know about how particular he was: his fifteen years in particular forces, and med college, the supervisor of two companies, schooling establishments, father of six — the final a son, born simply three months in the past, who won’t ever know his father.
But possibly we will discuss that someday later.
What I need to say to you right here and now, about our expensive Moshe, is that he was combating your battle, Mr. President. He was combating our battle. He gave his life so the barbarians wouldn’t get by the gates of democracy, and of Judeo-Christian, western values. He was combating for human freedom, and in opposition to all the lies and distortions of the freedom deniers, who idiot so many Americans with their double-talk. He was combating in opposition to Hamas-ISIS.
There are rumors, now, that you just’re placing strain on Israel to maintain off, to stop the offensive. If these rumors are true — I hope they’re not — but when they’re true, I respectfully ask of you, right here, on my son’s grave, stop and desist! Stand again, Mr. President. Don’t strain us. Let us do what we all know how to do, what we should do: defeat evil.
This is a battle of sunshine in opposition to darkness, of fact in opposition to lies, of civility in opposition to barbarism. Take it from one plain-speaking Scrantonian to one other: we’re going to win this one, with you or with out you. We’re going to win it, hands-down. Never have the individuals of Israel been so united. This is our job. It’s what the Jewish persons are on this world to do: to repair the world. And typically, fixing the world means utilizing power, and pressure.
My Moshe died for a trigger. Stand with us, Mr. President. Maybe, as we learn in the Biblical Book of Esther, it’s the complete motive you’re the chief of the free world. all of you lengthy and illustrious profession of management was the preparation for this very moent.
Those who stand with us shall be blessed; those that don’t stand with us will fail.
Stand with Moshe, who liked America, and even skilled together with your Delta Force throughout his military service.
Leiter added that his son had instructed him, earlier than going to battle: “I am carrying on my shoulders my grandfathers and grandmothers… who could not fight back.” He careworn that Jews ought to be impressed not simply by the horrible struggling of October 7, however by the heroism that has adopted, even when dozens of Israeli troopers have already misplaced their lives in the battle to destroy Hamas.
Leitner’s spouse spoke movingly about their love, which lasted 20 years. Fellow troopers remembered Leitner as a born chief with a smile, or an elder brother who led the method. One famous in disbelief: “Just a few hours ago we were in Beit Hanoun [in Gaza], talking about the importance of the war.” Another known as Moshe Leitner “my light in life and in battle.” Leitner’s youthful brother added: “It was so fitting that you died the death of a hero.”
The funeral ended with three volleys fired by an honor guard in salute.
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the writer of the new biography, Rhoda: ‘Comrade Kadalie, You Are Out of Order’. He can also be the writer of the latest e-book, Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.