Israeli Terror Victims Laid to Rest

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JERUSALEM, Israel - Following a memorial service at the Beit Haggai synagogue in southern Judea, the four Israeli victims of Tuesday night's Palestinian terror attack will be buried in three different cemeteries on Wednesday.

Yitzhak and Talia Imes, 47 and 45, will be laid to rest in the Mount of Olives cemetery in Jerusalem. They leave behind six orphans, ranging in age from two to 24.

Recently married Avishai Schindler, 24, will be laid to rest in Petah Tikva.

And Kochava Even-Haim, 37, who will be buried in Ashdod, was pregnant with the couple's second child. She is survived by her husband, Maimon, and their eight-year-old daughter.

"Mother, father, something changed yesterday," the Imes' son, Ariel, said at the memorial service.

"You were a natural part of the family and suddenly you're not here. I can't believe that a mother who took such good care of us is no longer here. Come back to me, mother," he said.

Maimon poured out his heart to his Kohava, which means "star." The night before, he had arrived at the gruesome scene as a volunteer rescuer, where to his horror he found his wife among the victims.

"I want to tell you about everyone who came," he said at the service. "The place is full here. You probably would have hidden in the corner and said, 'You shouldn't have.'"

Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin told the mourners, "Our response to terror will be a new construction push, which is a proper Zionist response."

"Terror has no green line," Rivlin said, "and there is no difference between Beit Haggai and Beit Yehoshua," he said.

Beit Haggai, where all four terror victims lived, is a small community in southern Judea, and Beit Yehoshua is a moshav in the central plain not far from the coastal city of Netanya.

Yesha Council Director-General Naftali Bennett didn't mince words. 

"They murder and we build. We each do what we do best," the Yesha News website quoted Bennett as having said.

The Yesha Council is an umbrella organization representing Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria.

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YNet news contributed to this report.

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