Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke at the official state Remembrance Day ceremony at the Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem on Monday, stating that "life is the only answer to death."
Netanyahu recounted having met with orphaned children and not being able to tell them how to cope with the pain of losing a loved one.
"Life is the answer to death, the life of each one of us and the life of our people and the state. Look around you at the wonder that is the state of Israel," Netanyahu stated.
Netanyahu referred to Israel as "light-filled island of stability" in a sea of darkness.
He vowed that the IDF "is stronger than ever. We can stand up to any test."
The prime minister said that Israel would continue to strive for peace with its neighbors and act to defend itself.
He commenced his speech by stating that Israel could only continue to exist because of the sacrifice of its soldiers. "We salute the fallen, our dear ones, the heroes of Israel, may there memory be blessed."
Netanyahu's speech was followed by a wreath laying ceremony featuring President Shimon Peres and IDF Chief of Staff LT.-Gen. Benny Gantz.