Chief of Staff, closing Holocaust Day, says army ‘can banish any threat’ / Benny Gantz praises Jewish heroes, past and present (TIMES OF ISRAEL) By ILAN BEN ZION 04/19/12 11:26 pm)
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Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz saluted the heroism of past
Jewish generations, and expressed his confidence in Israel’s
strength, at the closing ceremonies for Holocaust Remembrance Day on
Speaking at Kibbutz Yad Mordechai before roughly 4,000 people,
including ministers, Knesset members, and mayors from the South, he
said that across the generations Jews were always “few against many,
besieged and weary.” He took the occasion to “salute the heroism of
the generations and fill ourselves with pride for all we have
accomplished in 64 years.”
Gantz acknowledged that Israel is facing significant challenges
today, just as it did at its inception. “It is not inconceivable that
once again we will face, like a few decades ago, multiple challenges
on every front,” he said.
Despite the adversity, Gantz said he was confident in Israel’s
ability to defend itself. “We know that we now have a strong,
determined army able to banish any threat from our region,” he said.
Speaking at a closing ceremony held at Kibbutz Lohamei Hagetaot in
the North, Culture and Sport Minister Limor Livnat echoed Prime
Minister Netanyahu’s statements on Iran at Yad Vashem the previous
“We must not shy away from telling the truth, even if it is not easy.
Today as then, there are those who want to destroy the Jewish people.
We must not underestimate the degree of danger of a nuclear Iran,”
she said. (© 2012 THE TIMES OF ISRAEL 04/19/12)
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