PM: Israel has been forced to fight for its right to exist

At Remembrance Day ceremony in J'lem, Prime Minister Netanyahu says "only a strong defense force can ensure that we will not be harmed"; relates to families of fallen soldiers through his own personal loss.

April 14, 2013 17:36
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at IDF Remembrance Day ceremony, April 14, 2013.

Netanyahu at Yad Labanim 370. (photo credit: Moshe Milner/GPO)


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"We've been forced as a nation to fight for our right to exist," said Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday afternoon at the opening ceremony to honor the fallen IDF soldiers, ahead of Remembrance Day that takes place on Monday.

"Since our formation we had to fight for our freedom. Haters prosecuted us in each generation, harmed us and sought to erase Israel off the face of the earth," Netanyahu opened his speech at the Yad Labanim memorial site in Jerusalem.

"We are not eager to fight and we are not blood thirsty, our hand is outstretched for peace with all nations, all countries," the prime minister said. "But throughout the generations, we learned that only a strong defensive force can ensure that we will not be harmed."

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