Barak: Many challenges lie ahead

Many security challenges lie ahead for Israel, Defense Minister Ehud Barak told the graduates of the Israel Air Force's flight academy on Thursday.
Barak said that the reality of the Middle East "places security at the top of priorities, without which we will not be able to ensure the future of the state."
He added, "The IDF, and the Air Force within it, is a protective wall that allows Israel to continue to thrive and prosper... the IDF and the IAF are the ones that will allow us to stand up to every future test, both near and far."