The IDF recently named a new Chief Medical Officer, the first time that a person of Druze extraction has held the position. Israel Hayom's Lilach Shoval reports on Brigadier General Dr. Tarif Bader, who says, "It is our duty to preserve the lives of our soldiers and grant the necessary medical treatment to them and to anyone who needs it":
"It is our duty to preserve the lives of our soldiers and grant the necessary medical treatment to them and to anyone who needs it, across all parameters: routine missions, operational activity, and in times of emergency. This is the challenge that we face and that obligates us to be at our best at all times," Bader said during the transfer of office ceremony.
"I believe and have confidence in your abilities. Always remember, 'My brother's keeper I will forever be,' whether in battle, on the stretcher or by his bedside," he said.
In his previous positions, Bader headed the IDF's medical mission to treat wounded Syrians on the northern border, and commanded three IDF humanitarian delegations: to Haiti in 2010, Nepal in 2015 and Turkey in 2016.