In message to ‘enemies and best friends,’ Gallant says Israel will achieve its goals in Gaza

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant speaks at a Memorial Day ceremony, May 9, 2024. (Shachar Yurman/Defense Ministry)
Defense Minister Yoav Gallant speaks at a Memorial Day ceremony, May 9, 2024. (Shachar Yurman/Defense Ministry)

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant vows that Israel “will achieve [its] goals in the north and south,” in a message to both the country’s “enemies and best friends.”

The comments come after US President Joe Biden threatened that some arms shipments would be frozen if Israel launches a planned full-on offensive in southern Gaza’s Rafah.

“I say from here to Israel’s enemies and its best friends: The State of Israel cannot be subdued — not the IDF, not the Defense Ministry, not the defense establishment, not the State of Israel. We will stand, we will achieve our goals, we will hit Hamas, we will destroy Hezbollah, and we will bring security,” Gallant says during a ceremony ahead of Israel’s Memorial Day.

“Whatever the cost, we will ensure the existence of the State of Israel and remember well the directive we signed just a week ago during the Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony, the words ‘Never Again.’ For me, it’s not just a directive, it’s a work plan. This is how the defense establishment will work and this is how the IDF will work,” he adds.

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