Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed a graduation ceremony of Israeli Air Force pilots at a special ceremony at Hatzerim Air Base in southern Israel on Thursday.
Speaking to those present, the prime minister promised a tough response to any attempts to break the state of calm along any of Israel’s borders.
“The State of Israel is building its strength from year to year, from decade to decade, in aircraft, submarines, in air defense systems such as ‘Iron Dome’ and the Hetz (air-defense) missile, and with some of the most modern offensive military systems in the world.”
Netanyahu revealed that Israel recently acquired three new battleships, in addition to the submarines recently bought from Germany, in order to bolster the country’s naval capabilities. He thanked German Chancellor Angela Merkel for her “commitment and ongoing assistance” to Israel’s security.
Turning to the new recruits, Netanyahu added: “When you are flying in the country’s skies you see just how close the different threats are.. In our region there are endless conflicts raging, and terrible and cruel violence.”
“The fire of radical Islam is lapping at our borders in the north and the south,” he continued. “Your foremost mission… is to guard the home front, to protect the State of Israel.”
“Our policy to carry this out is two-fold. First, to prevent and thwart attacks when necessary, and to respond forcefully to every attack.”