Jun 29, 2022
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When an IDF soldier dies in combat, it is customary for Israel’s Prime Minister to visit the victim’s family’s home as part of a ‘shiva’ call.

But when IDF officer Noam Raz was killed last week during a firefight in Jenin, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett was nowhere to be seen. Opposition members of the Knesset blasted Bennett in the plenum for refusing to visit the bereaved family.

But Bennett appears to have cracked from the pressure and visited the bereaved family’s home in the town of Kida. Upon entering the house, he was received with hostility and told never to return.

Raz’s eldest reported that he confronted Bennett telling him: “I don’t know how you look at yourself in the mirror. I blame you just like I blame the terrorist. You ruined your opportunity. We want to see someone (as Prime Minister) we can believe in. You are not worthy of being in the house my father lived in. I hope you’re internalizing and not just nodding.”

At that point, Raz’s widow interjected, telling the Prime Minister: “The Arabs are attacking; they’re going unanswered.”

Bennett responded by saying: “We are operating, security forces are”-
The Prime Minister was then cut off by Raz’s widow responding: “Forget about the security forces. They are doing what they always do, even before you. What are you doing?”
Bennett then left the home, where locals gathered outside of Raz’s home to jeer him.

“During a shootout with armed terrorists, Maj. Gen. Noam Raz was seriously injured and evacuated by helicopter to Rambam Hospital and was pronounced dead.”

“The late Sergeant Noam Raz, 47, a resident of Kida, enlisted in 1999 and served for about 23 years in the unit as a fighter, paramedic, breacher, and sniper. His wife and six children survive him.”

”Noam participated in hundreds of counterterrorism operations, undertaking great personal danger, and saved lives. He was brave, professional, and a humble officer.”