In a directive sent by IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz to all military soldiers and commanders marking the Remembrance Day, Gantz called on the armed forces to face threats both near and far with confidence.
"In the face of the upheavals of the Middle East, we must continue to act with confidence and determination against any challenge that comes to our doorstep. Against any threat, known or new, near or far, the IDF will always be ready to be called upon, ready for the next mission. Our forces in the land, air and sea will continue to always act in light of the legacy left by the fallen in their deaths, a legacy of a sense of mission, and belief in the justice of our path, a legacy of love of the homeland and, guaranteeing its safety," Gantz wrote.
The directive began with a tribute to Israel's fallen soldiers. "At this painful time," the chief of staff wrote, "we remember those who gave to this land all that they could give. The fallen of Israel's wars and those murdered in terrorist attacks accompany us in their image and absence at every step, at every junction that we encounter in life."
"On this day," he continued, "when we hear the siren cut through the quiet, Israeli citizens lower their heads, stop their daily routine, and envision figures in uniform, soldiers passing through together. The names we list in our memory paint a figure of the IDF, the people's army that recruited them, and which recruited us to serve the state of Israel, to take part in the safeguarding of its security. With the dedication and determination they showed, the IDF's fallen have left us with a path to march down, a decree to live by."
"The mission of defense passes from one generation to the next. We will guarantee the continuation of our existence as a free people in our land. The whole of the Israeli nation trusts us."