Israeli Military Officer Killed in West Bank Shooting Laid to Rest

Hundreds took part in the funeral of Major Bar Falach, who was killed following a shootout with two Palestinian militants at a checkpoint near Jenin

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Bar Falach's funeral, in his hometown of Netanya, earlier this week
Bar Falach's funeral, in his hometown of Netanya, earlier this week
Ran Shimoni
Ran Shimoni

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.

Major Bar FalahCredit: IDF Spokesperson Unit

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.

Bar Falach's funeral, in his hometown of Netanya, today.Credit: 41239.jpg

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."

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