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Bibi to IDF: Fight with Hamas Is Test of Will

PM Netanyahu with IDF recruits, July 2018 (Photo: Kobi Gideon/GPO)

The newest recruits in the Israeli military were surprised today by a visit from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Speaking with the brave young men and women, The Times of Israel reports, Netanyahu told them that "the burden of defending the country's borders, and the country, falls on you":

Speaking to new enlistees to the IDF and Border Police on Thursday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the conflict with Hamas in Gaza is “a test of will,” and said Israel “will do what it takes” to protect its citizens.

Netanyahu’s comments followed weeks of the most serious tensions with Hamas since the 2014 war and an outburst of violence at the Gaza border beginning Wednesday night and continuing to Thursday morning.

“We’re managing difficult fronts in the north and in the south,” Netanyahu told the youths at the Bakum military induction base at Tel Hashomer east of Tel Aviv, referring also to Israel’s ongoing efforts to prevent Iran from establishing a military presence in Syria.

“In the end, the burden of defending the country’s borders, and the country, falls on you. We trust you, we believe in you. You’re going to go through hard but important training that will give you the tools both to defend yourselves and to defend the country. That’s my wish for you, that you succeed in defending the country, and that you take care of yourselves...”

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