Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with new IDF recruits, July 26, 2018.
(photo credit: HAIM ZACH/GPO)
Israel will "do what is necessary to maintain security, not just for residents of the Gaza border communities, but for the [entirety of the] State of Israel," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told new army recruits Thursday.
Speaking at Tel Hashomer army base near Tel Aviv, Netanyahu told the recruits the task of defending the country falls to them.
"We trust in you, we believe in you," he told the recruits for Paratroopers and Border Patrol units.
"You are going to undergo a difficult and important training that will give you tools, both to defend yourself and to defend the state, and that is what I wish for you," he said. "I know that you will come out different people, much stronger than you think, with a real contribution to ensuring the future of the State of Israel and this is the great task. It's a great mission and I want to say a great privilege that you have."
Netanyahu also touched on developing situations near Gaza and Syria, after an officer was shot near Gaza and rockets fell in the Sea of Galilee on Wednesday.
"We are in a battle, but it is a test of willpower, we are exhausting all the possibilities, but we are very, very determined to defend our borders."
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