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Readying to pass the baton, Bennett tells new IAF pilots: ‘I did the best I could’

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

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett speaks at the IAF pilots course graduation ceremony on June 23, 2022. (Emanuel Fabian/Times of Israel)
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett speaks at the IAF pilots course graduation ceremony on June 23, 2022. (Emanuel Fabian/Times of Israel)

At his likely last military ceremony as prime minister, Naftali Bennett says he “did the best he could.”

“I will soon pass on the baton, at a time when the State of Israel is safe and secure. I did the best I could,” Bennett says at an IAF pilots’ graduation ceremony.

“Our enemies know full well that we will reach every corner of the world, and I want to thank the IDF soldiers and their commanders, that every time I approved an Air Force airstrike, I knew there was someone to trust,” he says.

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid is expected to become prime minister next week as part of an agreement to dissolve the current government and head to a new election.

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