After our tour of the Knesset, we stopped on Mount Herzl, a Jewish national cemetery where Israeli Defense Force soldiers are buried. It was named for the founder of Zionism, Theodor Herzl, whose tomb is on the top of the hill. Mount Herzl is beautiful, even if I'm a weirdo who loves cemeteries.
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's grave is also located here (right). He did a lot towards achieving peace in the region, even winning the Nobel Prize, but was assassinated by a right wing law student in 1995. It was such a sad story.
There were many soldiers walking around to learn the stories of the people buried, so that they can tell others. All Israelis, men and women, are mandated to serve in the IDF when they turn 18. After weeks I still find it strange to see so many young people walking around everywhere with huge machine guns!