Two IDF soldiers killed in attack had U.S. citizenship


IDF soldiers Shira Tzur (L) and Erez Orbach (R) were killed in a Jerusalem terror attack Sunday [Mogaznews]
One of the four Israeli soldiers killed in Sunday’s Jerusalem terror attack had dual U.S.-Israeli citizenship, while another had American-born parents, according to a report Monday by Haaretz.

2nd Lt. Orez Orbach, 20, held U.S. citizenship through his mother, according to Haaretz, and was the eldest of six brothers. A graduate of Neve Shmuel High School, Orbach served in the Technical Department of the Israeli Air Force (IAF)’s Flight Test Squadron, and hoped to become an officer. He was posthumously promoted to Second Lieutenant, as was Shira Tzur, 20, whose parents were born in the United States.

According to Haaretz, Tzur was a Haifa resident and a graduate of the city’s Reali High School. She was transferred to the IDF’s Intelligence Corps after starting her service in the pilot’s training course.

Tzur was buried in Haifa’s military cemetery Monday, while Orbach was buried in the Kfar Etzion cemetery.

The other victims of the attack were 22-year-old Yael Yekutiel, and Shir Hajaj, also 22 and a resident of Ma’ale Adumim. The soldiers were on an educational trip at the time of the attack, which took place in East Jerusalem.

According to JTA, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid a visit Monday to some of the injured surviving soldiers, one of whom is currently in life-threatening condition.

01/09/2017 2:12 PM by Menachem Rephun

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