Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Education Minister Shai Piron joined students at the new religious school in Sderot for the opening of the school year on Monday.
"Be thirsty for knowledge. Be friends. This is what gives us and our nation special strength," the prime minister told the students.
"Show respect to your teachers. Our greatest test is not how we acted during days of war, but how we will act in peacetime," the education minister said.