Two IDF soldiers killed, seven injured in Hezbollah attack

Soldiers names released to public, funerals to be held tomorrow; Netanyahu: whoever is behind today’s attack will pay the full price

Captain Yohai Kalangel, 25, and Sergeant Dor Nini, 20

Captain Yochai Kalangel, 25, and Sergeant Dor Nini, 20

The names of the two IDF soldiers who were killed on Wednesday were released to the public Wednesday evening.

Captain Yochai Kalangel, 25, and Sergeant Dor Nini, 20, were killed in a Hezbollah attack on an army patrol vehicle on the Lebanese border. Seven others were wounded.

Captain Yochai Kalangel, from Har Gilo in the West Bank, was a company commander in the Tzabar Battalion of the Givati Brigades. He was father to a one year old, his wife currently pregnant with their second child. He will be laid to rest in Mount Herzl military in Jerusalem Thursday and has been promoted to the rank of Major.

Major Yochai Kalangel

Major Yochai Kalangel

Dor Nini was a sergeant in the Givati Brigades. He will be laid to rest in his home town of Shtulim Thursday. He has been promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant.

Staff Sergeant Dor Nini

Staff Sergeant Dor Nini

Addressing the attack, Prime Minister Netanyahu warned that, “whoever is behind today’s attack will pay the full price…With the assistance of Hezbollah, Iran has been for some time trying to open another front against Israel on the Golan Heights. We are acting with force and determination against these attempts.”

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon stated on the attack, “We will continue to pursue, at every time and place, the terrorists and those who sent them, and we will put our hand on everyone who wants to disrupt the lives of Israeli civilians,” he says in a statement. “Israel will show zero tolerance toward terrorist organizations, as we have done to this point, and will know to operate with full power and determination toward anyone who challenges it and tries to hurt its citizens. We will not let terrorist organization and rogue countries harm or try to harm the security of Israelis.”

The White House condemned the attack, spokeswoman Jen Psaki stating that the United States, “support Israel’s legitimate right to self-defense and continue to urge all parties to respect the blue line between Israel and Lebanon. We urge all parties to refrain from any action that could escalate the situation.”