|The Mother of the Commander
Killed in Lebanon Visited the Wounded Soldier of Her Son
"I felt the need to see the soldiers
of my son who was killed." said the mother of Lieutenant Yonatan
Zirkel (may his memory be blessed) - who was killed in the explosion of a
roadside bomb in Southern Lebanon ten days ago - beside the bed of
Corporal Roi Regev
By Yonatan Halleli
There was a moving event yesterday at
Rambam Hospital in Haifa when the mother of the commander who was killed
in the attack in Lebanon ten days ago visited the wounded soldier of her
Susie Zirkel, the mother of Lieutenant
Yonatan Zirkel (may his memory be blessed) who was killed in the explosion
of a bomb in South Lebanon, visited the only wounded person from that
attack, Corporal Roi Regev, who is still hospitalized in the orthopedic
unit of the hospital. Regev, who lost three of his colleagues in the
attack - among them his commander, Yonatan Zirkel - suffered moderate to
serious wounds to his chest, his leg, and his eyes. Yesterday he appeared
very moved by the gesture of the mother of his commander. Susie Zirkel
grasped his hand tightly and the two talked about her son Yonatan (may his
memory be blessed).
Roi Regev, a member of the Nahal
reconnaissance unit, a 19 year-old from Kibbutz Sha'ar Haemekim, was the
last to talk to his commander, right after the explosion. "Yonatan
shouted to Roi that he thought his leg had gone." Roi's mother
recounted the scene that her son had recreated for her. Regev was sure his
commander remained alive after the explosion. "He continued to give
orders." he said.
Susie Zirkel had not met Regev before.
"I came to see the soldiers of my son who was killed. Yonatan was not
in the habit of telling me about his soldiers and what was happening in
the army, so I felt a need to come to visit him. Yonatan was for me simply
an enormous happiness. He lived his life 100 percent. Every moment and
every day were used to create and to build. I am very proud of him."
Susie Zirkel with Roi Regev.
"Yonatan was for me simply an enormous happiness. He lived his life
100 percent. I am very proud of him."