Chief of Staff Benny Gantz of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said, Thursday, "Today, the picture of the strategic situation places before us [more] ranges and types of ranges of challenges than ever before."
Congratulating the graduates of the Air Force's latest pilots' course, he continued, "Let's look around. The area is undergoing a shakeup, south and north. Syria is bleeding profusely and in Lebanon, fire has started to grab at the robe of [Hizbullah leader Sheikh Hassan] Nasrallah. Opposite the changing face of this reality, we must be prepared, coordinated and prepared more than ever. You - the graduates - have, starting now, an integral part of maintaining [the IDF's] readiness opposite these challenges; part of the tightening and strengthening of [your] integration, as well as a significant and leading part in the strength of the IDF."