Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, (Tuesday, 13 July 2021), at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, met with cadets of the National Defense College under the command of Maj.-Gen. Itay Virov. The Prime Minister explained to them his security outlook and answered the cadets' questions on various issues.
Attached photo credit: Haim Zach (GPO)
Prime Minister Bennett noted that he believes that the State of Israel needs to be a beacon in a very harsh environment and said: "The Jewish people and the Jewish state have an underlying basis and that is the eternity of Israel, the existence of the State of Israel. But this is not enough; the constant aspiration is to be an exemplary nation. The wisdom is to be an exemplary nation in such an environment, which is perhaps the harshest environment in the world, with neighbors such as Hezbollah and Iranian militias facing Syria, Islamic State facing Sinai and, for dessert, Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza, and they all want to destroy us."
Prime Minister Bennett also pointed out that he very much appreciates the fighting spirit of the IDF and the security agencies, and said: "There is deep faith in the justice of the path, in our right to be here. Each one of you chooses to dedicate their life, at great sacrifice, and at times entailing tangible risk to life or at the cost of one's family life. I can only say thank-you. This moves me every time; I very much appreciate your work."