IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz spoke at the Holocaust memorial service in Kibbutz Tel Yitzhak and said: "The IDF is the proof of the revival of the Jewish people and their move to independence."
Gantz further said that "in the time the Jewish people struggled to survive in Europe, they sowed the seeds of optimism. They taught one another bravery to stand up and fight the Nazis. The legacy they left is the lighthouse guiding our way." (Raanan Ben-Zur)