ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 144

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‘It’ll be impossible to stop you,’ IDF chief tells new conscripts of brigades fighting in Gaza

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

IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi (center) speaks to new conscripts at the IDF's main induction center at the Tel Hashomer base in Ramat Gan, December 6, 2023. (Israel Defense Forces)
IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi (center) speaks to new conscripts at the IDF's main induction center at the Tel Hashomer base in Ramat Gan, December 6, 2023. (Israel Defense Forces)

IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi tells new conscripts of the Nahal and Kfir infantry brigades that they are enlisting at a time when “the meaning of protecting the country, protecting the home, is much, much greater.”

“Both brigades are now, as we speak, fighting in Gaza. Complex combat in urban built areas,” Halevi tells the conscripts.

“The Kfir Brigade entered from the eastern part of the Strip, and it is fighting toward the west. The Nahal Brigade entered from the northern part and is now fighting toward the east. These two brigades are in very dense, very challenging areas,” he says.

“Soldiers there are making decisions, fighting the enemy… protecting each other, trying to locate hostages, rescue hostages… these are truly missions of the highest moral level imaginable,” Halevi says.

“You will connect with people and this creates a very, very large joint force. Even in Gaza it cannot be stopped. A group of troops who stick together like glue — no enemy can stop this. And you will be like that, and it will be impossible to stop you,” he adds.

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