This courageous 20 year old soldier, First Sergeant Shai Kushnir, who was a believer in the Jewish Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ) selflessly gave his life in defense of his country.
Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends”.
Barely holding back his tears, the commanding officer of Shai’s unit addressed the mourners:
“Shai fought bravely in order to defend the citizens of Israel. Few are willing to put others before themselves, but Shai was motivated by a higher principle of love, generosity and sacrifice for others. Living by these principles did not just happen on the spur of the moment, rather they are the result of the upbringing that Shai received from parents and family.
“Shai, your spirit and willingness to fight has left a profound impression on us. Your desire to help and to do whatever you could to save a life gave us courage during the fighting over the past few weeks. Just moments before we went into battle you said, ‘You can depend on me. I will protect you.’
“You were more than a friend, Shai, you were like a brother to us. Your memory will be with us always and will continue to give us the strength to carry on. We are paying the ultimate price in order to defend our people, the price of our dearest sons and daughters.”[Read full story here]