President Shimon Peres,
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
and Mossad chief Tamir Pardo
awarded 12 Mossad agents with honorary plaques for excellence.
Among those awarded were four women and eight men who work in technological and operational fields.
president saluted the recipients, saying that the ceremony was a reflection of the Israeli people's "gratitude and appreciation.
Peres, Netanyahu, Pardo (Photo: Kobi Gideon, GPO)
"I am filled with pride to see you," the president turned specifically to the women, "combatants who are also mothers who do not only defend their children but also their nation."
The prime minister also expressed his gratitude to the agents, saying "The citizens of Israel
don't know what you're doing, but I know the enormous you do for the State's security. When I approve your operations I am astounded at your gumption and insightfulness that know no bounds."
The Mossad chief noted: "The Mossad's might is in its people, who serve with resourcefulness, devotion and creative thinking, alongside humility and integrity through which battles can be won, including those that seem impossible."
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