Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu spoke today (Tuesday) at a Special Knesset session convened to mark 40 years since the Yom Kippur War.
"The lessons of that conflict have accompanied us over the past four decades. They are intertwined with the accumulated insights of the other wars and battles that we have fought,” the Prime Minister began.
“The first lesson is that threats must never be disdained. Never underestimate an enemy; never ignore the threats of danger,” he stated.
“The second lesson is that pre-emptive strikes must not be ruled out. Such strikes are not necessarily called for in every case and matters must be given due and careful consideration but there are situations in which thinking about the international response to such a step is not equal to the bloody price we would pay in absorbing the strategic blow we would be compelled to respond to later, perhaps too late,” the Prime Minister continued.
“A preventive war is one of the hardest decisions that a government may be called on to make because it will never be able to prove what would have happened had it not acted,” Mr. Netanyahu added