Sgt. Avinoam Cohen (left), & Sec.-Lt. Avshalom Armoni [Photo Credit: IDF]
Yesterday morning an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) officer and a soldier were killed and four others were wounded when their heavy artillery vehicle flipped over during a training exercise on the Golan Heights late Tuesday night, the army said.
The soldiers were identified as Sgt. Avinoam Cohen, 22, of Jerusalem and Sec.-Lt. Avshalom Armoni, 22, of Beit Horon (Samaria).
Sgt. Avinoam Cohen was laid to rest at the Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem yesterday and Sec.-Lt. Avshalom Armoni will be buried later today.
Eulogizing his son at the funeral, Cohen’s father spoke of the pain he felt at the loss. “Today, the Jewish people lost a pure soul,” Shimon Cohen said. “For 22 years we had a gift and we need to return it, and we have returned it. It hurts, it hurts, it hurts, but we accept this.”
Cohen’s brother Shagai said: “We were very close. Only you know how much. You fought for everything in life, in every battle you won, you didn’t give up. Thank you for letting us into your heart, we learned a lot from you.”
Cohen’s sister had given birth to a son just hours after her brother passed from this world. She was brought to the funeral in a wheelchair to attend her brother’s funeral.
Armoni, a student at the Otniel Hesder Yeshiva (Samaria), was described by Rabbi Elyakim Levanon as a “pleasant, virtuous” man who was a “model commander and soldier loved by his friends and family.” His cousin, Na’ama Henkin, was killed along with her husband, Eitam, in a drive-by shooting terrorist attack in October 2015 near Nablus.
These beautiful young souls died in service to their country and to their people. The entire nation of Israel mourns the loss of our soldiers who were prematurely taken from us and from this world. May their names be for a blessing.