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Netanyahu and wife Sara visit bereaved family of victim in Friday terror attack

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem on June 18, 2017
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'I bow my head and salute you, Hadas, our hero,' Netanyahu said of the policewoman killed in the attack.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara paid a condolence call on Sunday evening to the the family of Hadas Malka, a Border policewoman who was killed in a terrorist attack on Friday at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City.

Netanyahu made remarks that conveyed a sense of being inspired from Malka and her now bereaved family.

"We saw just now a wonderful family, a very fine family with deep love for the land and the state,” Netanyahu said.  “These things are so apparent when we see Hadas's story and it is totally clear where she grew up and the values she brought with her from such a home.”

Although Malka began her mandatory military service in the Israeli navy, she decided to maneuver over to the Border Police, necessarily extending the length of her serve by 15 months.  In a statement, the Israeli Foreign Ministry said that she was motivated to protect Jerusalem from terrorists.

According to Netanyahu, Malka was driven by the same philosophy of her now bereaved father.

“If there is one thing that is etched in me...it is what Hadas's father, David said: 'You must understand that if we are not there then we have no capital,' and I say that Without these young people, we have no country,” Netanyahu added. “I bow my head and salute you, Hadas, our hero."

Ironically enough, Hadas last year, had saluted another Border Policewoman Hadar Cohen, who was killed in a very similar attack at the same location.

“Hadas wrote a chilling post over a year ago in which she saluted (Hadar),” remarked Sara Netanyahu. “She did not know that hers would be a similar fate. It is simply heart-rending.”

“I think that we all, without exception, embrace the Malka family, for our heroic daughter,” she added.

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