A memorial ceremony at Mt. Herzl for soldiers killed during the 1956 Sinai Campaign was marred Sunday when some bereaved relatives demonstratively left before the ceremony began because they had difficulty reaching the site, faced stringent security precautions, and felt they were left waiting.
At about 11:30 a.m., some 30-minutes before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was scheduled to appear, Yoram Levy – whose brother Rafi Levy, 17, fell in the fighting – urged those sitting in the tent erected over the graves to leave. He said that the ceremony was supposed to have started at 11 a.m. — as has been the case for the last number of years — recited kaddish and departed. Shouting matches ensued.