President Peres opened the Torch Race events for IDF handicapped veterans at a ceremony that took place Thursday morning at the presidential residence.
The President congratulated the participants, "For me, the handicapped are not only a symbol of Israel, -- they are a cornerstone. You have undergone a trial by fire. You are at war, not only against the enemy, but also facing your personal difficulties. You have each, thus, gone to war twice. The fact that you have not lost your hope demonstrates what exemplary role models you are. You are wonderful people, the nation is proud of you. The future is rich with your heroic efforts. you are the beating heart of our people, and you have paid a heavy price. You are a heart beating with a grand spirit of our history and our future."