Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited his brother Yoni’s grave Saturday evening, ahead of Memorial Day, which will be marked in Israel starting Sunday evening.
Accompanied by his wife Sara, the prime minister paid his respects to the war hero who died in 1976 while leading the assault force that raided the Entebbe airport to free Israeli hostages who had been captured by Palestinian and German hijackers of an Air France plane a week earlier.
Netanyahu visits the military burial site on Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl cemetery a day early every year as security measures prevent him from visiting the grave during the official ceremony.
More than a million people are expected to visit the military plots of cemeteries across the country on Sunday and Monday.
Last week Netanyahu met with a group of IDF orphans.
“We are all one big family,” Netanyahu told them. “The pain is present in each and every one of us, all of the time. The pain is personal and different in each person, but we share something, a common pain.”