Eleven years ago, Israel was forced into the conflict now known as the Second Lebanon War. Ynet News' Elisha Ben Kimon reports that Israeli President Reuven Rivlin joined with bereaved families at Mount Herzl to commemorate those lost during the 2006 war:
In his speech at the ceremony, President Rivlin said that "in this war, too, Israeli civil society was revealed in full force. Our soldiers displayed tremendous courage and determination, with endless devotion to their friends on the ground and with an endless commitment to the family, home, and community they left behind.
"But in this war, warning signs flashed before our eyes: the importance of training, the danger of erosion in preparedness for war when there is a long and continuous struggle against terrorism, and the danger of missing combat equipment and weapons."
The president also added, "The war for our home brought quiet to the northern communities" before warning that we must not mistake it for a resolution, as "the threat is still great."
"Our goal, as always, is to achieve (regional) quiet. But we have red lines, and if another war is imposed on us, we will vigorously defend our lives, our independence and our citizens," Rivlin concluded...