Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is heckled repeatedly before and during his speech at the Mount Herzl Memorial Day ceremony for terror victims.
Between the shouts, the premier notes that all Israelis are on the frontlines in the ongoing battle against terrorism.
“The battlefield has its own rules, but unfortunately, in Israel, the nation is part of the front. Since the dawn of Zionism and the return of Zion, our enemies have not come to terms with our existence here. They think if they kill us, we’re going to break at some point. How wrong they are,” says Bennett.
“If only our enemies invested in building their futures even a tenth of the energy they put into disturbing us, their situation would be completely different. But they choose the sanctification of death, which leaves them to wallow in poverty, squalor, and a constant sense of sacrifice,” he says.
Israel’s core responsibility, Bennett says, is to “remain steadfast on our soil.”