Barak: IDF is prepared for challenges it faces

October 6, 2011 21:26


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Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Thursday said that the IDF is prepared for the challenges ahead of it and that Israel remains the strongest state in the region.

"As the minister of defense charged with the safety of the state's citizens, I can tell you that the IDF - under the leadership of a former paratrooper, Chief of General-Staff Benny Gantz - is prepared and ready for the challenges facing us, today and tomorrow, from near and from far," Barak said at a ceremony honoring fallen paratroopers.

In the new year, despite the upheaval in the Middle East, Barak added, "Israel is still the strongest state in the region."

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