Sara Netanyahu: Gaza Pullout Brought Only Trouble

Wednesday, September 03, 2014 |  Yossi Aloni

Sara Netanyahu, wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, paid a condolence visit this week to the family of Daniel Tragerman, the four-year-old Israeli boy tragically killed by a mortar shell from Gaza in the final days of this summer’s war.

Doron Tragerman told Netanyahu that little Daniel was fatally wounded while playing with his three-year-old sister Yuval and one-year-old brother Uri. The Tragerman’s were preparing to leave the southern region to stay with family in the safer central part of the country until the end of the war.

Sara Netanyahu told the family: Daniel, the youngest casualty of the campaign, was a beautiful, smart and charming child. You paid the heaviest price. All the children in this area are true heroes, having lived for years already under the constant threat of rocket fire. What sets Daniel apart is that he also always worried first about the safety of his sister and brother."

Netanyahu said that the “evil” that took little Daniel was the result of Israel’s 2005 withdrawal from Gaza. She gave the couple a letter of condolence from the prime minister, who wrote that he recalled a picture Daniel had drawn for a soldier on the front lines thanking him for protecting the children of Israel against “monsters.”

The Tragerman couple gave Sara Netanyahu a remembrance book for Daniel and asked that it be passed on to the prime minister.


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