Assaf Ramon was heroic in that he embarked on a career of military service knowing the danger, and his family having suffered already. But the media and high profile politicians went way overboard. Other soldiers lost their lives recently but received virtually no public acknowledgement, so it suggests we are in desperate need of heroes at this difficult time as Israel is really confronting itself and it's long standing avoidance of negotiating honestly with the Palestinians. Assaf was a good young man, and we can all be proud of his efforts, and let us use his short life as a boost to the importance of renewing the peace process and self examination as a nation in keeping with the coming Holy Days. Israel needs to withdraw from the territories, from excess pride and nationalist religious zealotry. We will all be heroes then.
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from the article: Can there be such a thing as an Israeli hero?