Lapid tells graduating IDF officers Israel’s power is in its ‘togetherness’

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

In a speech to new IDF officers during their graduation ceremony, Prime Minister Yair Lapid says Israel is “stronger, more sophisticated, and tougher” than its enemies.

“Israel is stronger than all its enemies, and we will not hesitate to use force to maintain peace for our citizens. Our enemies need to know that at any given moment we are stronger, more sophisticated, and tougher than them,” Lapid says.

“And our enemies need to know one more thing: that we will stand up to them, together. That Israeli society is stronger than any argument. That Israeli power is the power of togetherness,” he says.

Lapid says “our mission as a society is to restore trust. The trust in our democracy, the trust in the IDF, in the police, in the court, and most importantly in restoring our trust in each other.”

“In order for our enemies to know that we are not worth messing with, a condition must exist. The condition is that the best young people in Israel, the most determined in Israel, come here, to Bahad 1,” he says, referring to the IDF officers’ school in southern Israel.

“I look at you — this condition is met,” he tells the officers.

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