Captain Arnon Moshe Avraham Benvenisti Vaspi, a combat officer in the Givati Brigade, who hails from a Chabad family in Eretz Yisroel and California, was killed in combat in Gaza on Tuesday morning.
Captain Arnon Moshe Avraham Benvenisti Vaspi, a combat officer in the Givati Brigade, was killed in combat in Gaza on Tuesday morning.
He was 26 years old.
Arnon was born and raised in Los Angeles, California where he studied at Cheder Menachem. At age 9, his family made Aliyah and settled in Yesud HaMa’ala in Northern Israel. In Israel he studied at the Talmud Torah Or Menachem Chabad in Tzfas.
His family suffered many tragic loses in wars defending Israel. His grandfather, Lt. Col. Yoav Vaspi, was killed in the Yom Kippur War due to shellfire and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Valor. His unce, Arnon Vaspi, after whom he was named, died in an APC rollover during the First Lebanon War shortly after completing his service. During the same war, his mother’s cousin, Uri Maoz, was killed in a brutal clash with terrorists.
He is survived by his mother Vered Vaspi-Tsabari, his brother Yosef Yitzchak and his twin sister Chaya Mushka. He was predeceased by his father R’ Dovid Benveniste.
The levaya was held today at Rosh Pina military cemetery.
Baruch Dayan Haemes.