Today, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, IDF (Zahal)’s, the IDF (Zahal) chief of staff, arrived to share his condolences with the families of the fallen in the 1997 Israeli helicopter disaster. During the speech, Lt. Gen. Gantz also addressed Israel’s security situation. The following are the main excerpts from his speech:

“… Today we hear the thunderous voices threatening Israel’s security, both near and far. The Ayatollahs of Iran are in the midst of an arms race, attempting to harm Israeli and western targets around the world. We stand determined in the face of these threats.

Quotes by the Chief of Staff at a Ceremony in Memory of the Israeli Helicopter Disaster
Illustration: IDF (Zahal) Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz speaking at the Herzliya Conference

Even during stormy times such as the one being faced by the countries surrounding us, and the voice of their people is ever growing, we see the mission that we must fulfill- our duty to stand firm and to be alert, watching over Israel, and be ready to face any challenge…”