Yehonatan was born in Har Bracha as the first-born to his parents, David and Revital.
During his childhood, he moved with his parents all over the country according where his
father, who was serving in the air force, was based, and this formed the foundation of his
self-sacrifice for the People and Land of Israel from the very beginning.
When his family settled in the moshav of Gimzo, Yehonatan started second grade in the
Shalhevet School in Shaalbim and in Yad Binyamin in middle school. From there he went on
to learn in the Science Yeshiva high school in Rishon L'Zion. Yehonatan took his next steps in
the Ayelet HaShachar yeshiva in Eilat and after that in the pre-army preparatory course in
Atzmona. Yehonatan enlisted in the paratroopers and at the end of the "Orev" track, he
asked to transfer to serve as a fighter in the regiments.
During his military service, he was in action in Shechem and Hebron. During the Second
Lebanon War, Yehonatan and his friends fought in the B'eita-A Shaab battle and got to a
highly-located building that dominated the town. Two enemy anti-tank missiles hit the
house and caused losses amongst the top military men there. Yehonatan, who took
command, ran from one firing position to the next to see how to proceed until he met his
death by a third anti-tank missile – a hit by shrapnel exactly in the place in which he put on
his Tefillin – both on the head and on his arm.
May his soul be bound up in the bundle of life.