Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Chief of Staff Benny Gantz
welcomed the Israeli military's newest officers.
"You, IDF officers, have come from all across the country," the prime minister said. "Men and women, secular and religious people, Israel
born and new immigrants, Jews and non Jews. I want to see an equal representation of all factions of our society on this field. That is the right thing and the just thing – and we are working to promote (equality) these days."
Netanyahu also addressed the issue of Iran, noting that "Iran
just celebrated 35 years to the Islamic revolution, and the 'festivities' were marked with a repeated call to annihilate the State of Israel, the aspiration to destroy the Jewish people and its nation.
Photo: Haim Tzach, GPO
"That aspiration has not perished with the establishment of the State. What has changed is our ability to resist and thwart the goals of that aspiration," Netanyahu added.
He quoted Moshe Dayan, who said: "This is our life, to be prepared and armed, strong and stern, or the sword will fall out of our hands and our lives lost."
The IDF chief addressed "the right to serve," stressing: "You are the pillar of fire leading the camp and it is because of you that I urge your peers in the Israeli society: Come and be a part of serving the nation and the land."