The funeral of Israeli soldier Major Amotz Grinberg, 45, has been held in Hod Hasharon.
Tributes were paid to Grinberg, who died on Saturday in a missile attack in Gaza, by his family and friends and also by Israel’s Finance Minister Yair Lapid.
The Israeli army has suffered more casualties this weekend than during the whole three-week operation in 2008-9 when it last sent ground troops into Gaza.
Thirteen Israeli soldiers were killed on Sunday July 20 alone.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke of his sorrow for the lives lost but stressed that the Gaza operation was “necessary” despite its “many risks”.
Netanyahu old a news conference: “If those tunnels hadn’t been exposed, the outcome would have been much worse.”