A male cat named ‘Jack’ has been named after an Israeli soldier who lost his life in a roadside bomb attack in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
According to local media, a man who found the lifeless body of Israeli Army Major Tal Ben Sivan was in the midst of the car bomb attack when he noticed a small cat perched on his vehicle’s bumper.
The cat was taken to the Israeli military hospital, where it underwent tests and was confirmed to have been killed in the blast.
The family of the soldier, who was named for his friend, expressed their gratitude on Facebook for the name of the pet.
“Jack is a lucky cat to have found his friend and family,” the Facebook post read.
“Jack is very special and loved by the whole family.”
The family said that it was happy to see the cat named “Jack”, which is also the name given to the military helicopter that crashed in the city of Netanya in 2016.
“We are so grateful to the Israelis and to the Palestinians for the service they have done to protect our people and our land,” the family said.