Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said, Monday, that Israel must insist on being a state whose moral values are its guiding light. Addressing a Memorial Day observance for fallen members of the military at the Kiryat Shaul cemetery in the Tel Aviv area, he addressed the usual subjects of loss and protecting Israel against the forces that would destroy it, noting the state's accomplishments despite the need to put the emphasis on defense.
Ya'alon said Israel must be compassionate and protective of its weakest citizens, fighting to eliminate racism, violence and xenophobia. He said the country "must fight with an iron fist the terrorism mistakenly called 'price tag', an ugly phenomenon which has no connection to Jewish values or morality and whose goal is to harm Arabs just because they are Arabs." He said the country must strive for the rights of minorities and women and accepting others even if they are different. Morality should be the highest goal and there should be no deviation.