The IDF officer killed late Tuesday night in a gunfight with two Palestinian militants, Major Bar Falach, is being laid to rest in the military cemetery in his hometown city of Netanya.
30-year-old Falach was the deputy commander of the Nahal Brigade. He was killed when his troops came under attack near Jalameh checkpoint in the northern West Bank on Wednesday.
Bar Falach's brother, Amos, paid his respects to his brother: "You promised you'd watch over us. Why didn't you listen to dad who told you, 'Don't be a hero. Just come home safely'? Now he's watching over you," he said, referring to their father who passed away seven years ago. "Sorry I wasn't there to watch over you," he added.
Falach's sister, Riki, said she refuses to speak of her brother in the past tense: "To me you are still behind me, resting your heavy hand on my shoulder...I'm lucky that you are with me helping me deal with this," she said.
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Following the announcement of Falach's death, Prime Minister Yair Lapid said: "There are no words to console Maj. Falach's family, his partner and his friends. He was a warrior who led his soldiers until his very last second."
Defense Minister Benny Gantz also sent his condolences following the incident, adding that Israel's security forces "will continue to operate in the West Bank and every other place terrorism rears its head."