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Day War. He also fought in the Yom
Kippur War and sustained serious
anan Porat, a prominent
injuries in the Suez Canal.
right-wing Knesset Member
Later on, he became one of the
and one of the leaders of
founders of Gush Emunim and led the
the religious Zionism movement
move to settle in Yesha. He was also
has passed away at his
a prominent member
home in Kfar Etzion on
of the Mafdal (National
Tuesday exactly seven
Religious) party.
years after his father
He was elected as
died.
Knesset Member in 1981
Porat, 67, had been
after founding the Tehiya
battling cancer and was
party which came in
admitted to the hospital
response to the signing
on the eve of the Rosh
of the peace agreement
Hashanah holiday. He
between Israel and
will be laid to rest in the
Egypt.
cemetery near his Kfar
In 1984, he resigned
Hanan Pora t
Etzion home.
from the Knesset but
Porat was one of
returned three years
the founders of Gush
later, this time as a
Emunim and the Tehiya party. He
Mafdal member. In 1999, he retired
served as Knesset Member from 1981
from Mafdal and moved to the Tkuma
to 1999 and was considered one of the party and was not reelected.
leaders of the Yesha settlement move-
A few years later Porat became a
ment.
frontrunner in the protests against the
Porat's father changed the family
Gaza disengagement. He composed
name from Shpitzer to Porat — his
a special prayer for the occasion and
code name in the Haganah. Porat,
said at the time that "he who lends a
who studied in a yeshivah and was
hand in uprooting settlements hurts
ordained as a rabbi, served in the
not only the settlers themselves but
IDF as a paratrooper and took part
the Jewish legacy and the prayers of
in the battle of Jerusalem in the Six-
generations as well."

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undreds of officers and
fighters from the elite units
of the Israel Defense Forces
and Israel Police have joined forces
with the Foundation for the Benefit
of Holocaust Victims in Israel and
will adopt survivors in order to stay
in close contact with them.
The idea was proposed several
months ago following a conversa-
tion between a police officer from
a special unit and his neighbor, a
90-year-old Holocaust survivor,
which quickly turned into a long and
emotional heart-to-heart talk.
The officer, who was moved by the
talk, decided to recruit his friends
from the IDF and police's elite units
and set up an extensive network of
hundreds of officers and fighters to
help the survivors.
After getting organized, the fight-

ers turned to the Smile and Love
Association and to the Foundation
for the Benefit of Holocaust Victims
headed by former IDF Personnel
Directorate chief Elazar Stern, and
asked to receive a list of Shoah survi-
vors and their addresses.
Each unit will receive the names
of the survivors living in its area,
and the fighters will visit each one of
them with a box of chocolate and a
bottle of wine.
In addition, the fighters will talk to
the survivors and ask them to con-
tact them with any problem.
"There is no doubt that this is an
extraordinary project which emerged
from the ground, without a noisy
organization:' says Colonel Rony
Kalinsky, director of the Foundation
for the Benefit of Holocaust Victims.
"I call on everyone who can come
and volunteer to do so. I am very
pleased by our people's resourceful-
ness and kindness."

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