Top Israeli General Killed in Plane Crash Laid to Rest

Thousands participated in the funeral of Brig. Gen. Mounir Amar, head of the Israeli army's Civil Administration.

Mourners attend the funeral of Civil Administration chief Brig. Gen. Mounir Amar in northern Israel on Sunday, March 27, 2016.
Gil Eliahu

The funeral of Civil Administration chief Brig. Gen. Mounir Amar took place at in the northern Druze village of Julis on Sunday following his death in a light plane crash.

Amar's plane crashed into a cliff near the town of Rameh in the north of the country on Friday. His death was confirmed at the scene of the crash after rescue teams with the assistance of a helicopter had retrieved his body from the wreckage.

Thousands took part in the funeral, including IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, opposition head Isaac Herzog and MK Tzipi Livni of the Zionist Union and Construction Minister Yoav Galant. The spiritual leader of Israel's Druze community, Muwafaq Tarif, was also present.

In his eulogy, Ya'alon said that Amar's figure should serve as s "moral and ethical compass."  He added that the path that should be taken in his footsteps should be one of "tolerance and patience between people, of acceptance of all human beings, regardless of religion, race or gender."

Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai recounted that "the phone has not stopped ringing in the past 72 hours. So many people find themselves in pain and in mourning over your passing – many army units, government offices, the Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria, international and Palestinian officials."