“Raful’s is the story of this country. From his youth, Raful had a brave and generous heart, and with uncompromising dedication and constant readiness, served the nascent nation. His life’s story is characterized by a warm and courageous bond to the land; he recognized that we have to fight in order to defend the existence of the State of Israel. He played a main role in all of Israel’s wars and in the struggle against terrorism; he left – for future generations – glorious chapters in brotherhood-in-arms and Israeli heroism.
Raful understood the centrality of the IDF in social life and as Chief-of-Staff initiated a brilliant educational enterprise, in the framework of which a second chance was given to thousands of young people to join the cutting edge of Israeli society and take a productive part in building a better society.
Today, those thousands of “Raful’s kids” are proud citizens who take a full part in Israeli life.
Even after his discharge from the IDF, in his public activities, Raful continued to be a different and unique voice in the battle for leadership of the state.
Throughout his life, Raful never forgot his great love – the land and labor. Thus, to our sorrow, he met his end.
Today, the State of Israel lost a brave fighter, commander and leader.. I lost a comrade-in-arms and a friend.”