A group of elite IDF commandos on a nearly two-week drill were paid a visit by Israel's acting Defense Minister, who just happens to be Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In light of troubling news regarding anti-Semitism, The Jerusalem Post's Anna Ahronheim reports that Netanyahu told the soldiers, "Today we have the strength to respond" to hatred and violence against the Jewish people:
Israeli Prime Minister and Defense Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with elite commando troops Tuesday evening during a major ten day long brigade-level drill and said that Israel’s military strength was the Jew’s “best answer” to antisemitism.
"Once we were a leaf blown in the wind and anyone could massacre us. Today we have strength to respond," he said while meeting with troops participating in the exercise which simulates a two-front war against Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
"On the eve of Hannukah the spirit of the Maccabees is here — you are the Maccabees. We overcome our enemies with extraordinary spirit that I see here, in the IDF and in all of our fighters..."