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Bennett tells military college students that Israel must be ‘exemplary’

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett meets in Jerusalem with students at the College of National Security on July 13, 2021. 
 (Haim Zach/GPO)
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett meets in Jerusalem with students at the College of National Security on July 13, 2021. (Haim Zach/GPO)

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett tells students in Israel’s national military college, many of whom are senior officials from the IDF or other government bodies, that Israel’s most basic goal is survival, but that it should aim for much more.

“The Jewish people and the Jewish state have one basic goal, which is survival of Israel, the existence of the State of Israel,” Bennett says at his office. “But that’s not enough, our constant aspiration is to be an exemplary nation.”

The greatest challenge to that, the prime minister says, is managing to be such a country “in this atmosphere, where our neighbors are Hezbollah, Iranian militias in Syria, IS in the Sinai and Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza, and they all want to destroy us.”

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