Yisrael Beytenu MK eulogizes those who died trying to reach Israel

Sam Sokol is the Times of Israel's political correspondent. He was previously a reporter for the Jerusalem Post, Jewish Telegraphic Agency and Haaretz. He is the author of "Putin’s Hybrid War and the Jews"

Speaking at the Clandestine Immigration and Naval Museum in Haifa, Yisrael Beytenu MK Evgeny Sova eulogizes those who died trying to reach the land of Israel and those who fell facilitating their immigration.

“Even before the establishment of the state, we already had heroes who sacrificed their lives for all of us. Those who fell on their way to the land of Israel, those who did everything for the immigration project and for the security of the land of Israel,” he says.

“Seventy-six years ago we declared our independence, but the war for independence continues to this very day,” he says. “The war imposed on us by the murderous terrorist organization Hamas on October 7 reminded us all that the independence of the State of Israel is not something to be taken for granted.”

“This day is hard for me. I accompanied bereaved families for many years as a journalist, I have been accompanying bereaved families for five years as a member of the Knesset, and I will continue to accompany you,” he continues.

“Unfortunately, in the last seven months it has not ended,” he adds, declaring that it is “our moral duty to do everything we can” to bring home the hostages.

“There is no victory without” them, he says. “As long as the hostages are in Gaza — this damned war will not end.”

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