President Isaac Herzog meets with southern municipal leaders as he visits the rocket-hit city of Sderot after a ceasefire took effect last night to end fighting between Israel and Gaza-based Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
“Without this region, there would be no State of Israel. You are the gateway to the State of Israel and you are the wall protecting the State of Israel,” Herzog says, according to a statement from his office.
The president hails the “incredible resilience” of Israelis in communities near the Gaza border and “everyone who engaged in defense together with you.”
“I hope and pray that we will now see calm and that Israel’s citizens will know calm and security. We must always be ready for any threat that might arise,” he sats.