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At atomic agency ceremony, Lapid says: Israel’s ‘other capabilities’ keep us alive

Prime Minister Yair Lapid (R) shakes hands with the incoming director general of Israel's Atomic Energy Commission, Moshe Edri, August 1, 2022. (Haim Zach/GPO)
Prime Minister Yair Lapid (R) shakes hands with the incoming director general of Israel's Atomic Energy Commission, Moshe Edri, August 1, 2022. (Haim Zach/GPO)

Speaking at a ceremony for the new head of Israel’s Atomic Energy Commission, Prime Minister Yair Lapid says that what he vaguely refers to as Israel’s “other capabilities” keep the country safe.

“The operational arena in the invisible [defensive] dome above us is built of defense capabilities and offensive capabilities, and what the foreign press tends to call ‘other capabilities.’ These other capabilities keep us alive and will keep us alive so long as we and our children are here,” he says.

Brig. Gen. (res.) Moshe Edri is taking over as director general of the AEC, replacing Brig. Gen. (res.) Zeev Snir.

Alternate Prime Minister Naftali Bennett says: “A year ago we made decisions intended to focus our preparations to contend with Iran’s nuclear program. We devoted enormous resources to close gaps that kept me awake at night. The Iranians are making progress, but the Israeli system has been working at full force this past year.”

He adds: “I know that you will continue to work, regardless of political tumult. Our future and security for generations depend on it.”

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