Incoming Home Front Defense Minister Avi Dichter described Iran as an existential threat to the State of Israel, speaking an official handover ceremony at which he took the reins from outgoing minister Matan Vilna'i on Sunday.
Israel's enemies, he said, are building up their capabilities to attack and harm the Jewish state, but separated them into two categories: strategic and existential threats. Strategic threats to Israel emanate from Lebanon, the Gaza Strip and Syria, he said.
Iran, he said, threatens the very existence of Israel, which the country has not experienced since its establishment.
Israel, however, has "proved to itself, to its enemies and the world that the era in which Israelis are murdered just because they are Jewish - is over!"