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Israeli leaders observe Memorial Day

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a Memorial Day ceremony commemorating Israeli civilians killed in war and other conflicts, at the Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem May 9, 2011. Israel on Monday marks Memorial Day to commemorate its fallen soldier. UPI/Baz Ratner/Pool
1 of 4 | Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a Memorial Day ceremony commemorating Israeli civilians killed in war and other conflicts, at the Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem May 9, 2011. Israel on Monday marks Memorial Day to commemorate its fallen soldier. UPI/Baz Ratner/Pool | License Photo

JERUSALEM, May 9 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, speaking at Memorial Day celebrations, said everyone has a different way of dealing with death.

"Every one of us has a way of coping with the agony of bereavement, the hellish torment," Netanyahu said. "I wish I was able to give advice to those of you who became one of the bereaved families in the past year. I know that the entire nation mourns with you."

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Netanyahu, joined by President Shimon Peres and Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, took part in Memorial Day celebrations at one of Israel's 44 military cemeteries Monday to commemorate the 22,867 Israelis killed in service to the state, The Jerusalem Post reported.

The main ceremony, attended by Netanyahu, Peres and Gantz, took place at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem. Defense Minister Ehud Barak attended a ceremony at Tel Aviv's Kiryat Shaul military cemetery.

Israel's Memorial Day observance began Sunday evening with an official ceremony at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

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