Daily Israel Report

Peres Thanks Soldiers over Secure Radio

President Shimon Peres thanked soldiers during a visit to Israel’s northern border. Peres also slams Assad.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 4/4/2012, 7:15 PM

Peres on Israel's northern border
Peres on Israel's northern border
Israel news photo: Flash 90

President Shimon Peres expressed his gratitude to Israel’s soldiers during a visit to the northern border on Wednesday.

After watching a training exercise and greeting soldiers on a firing range, the president began observing a tank exercise. Commander Raz Dahan sent a greeting over the secure radio system, saying, “Mr. President, allow me to thank you for your visit, and to wish you a happy Passover.”

Peres picked up the radio and responded, “The citizens of Israel will be able to enjoy the holiday in peace thanks to the protection you provide the nation.”

Peres later met soldiers and wished a happy Passover “to the soldiers, the commanders, their families and their girlfriends at home.”

During his tour of the north along with IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz talk turned to Syria, where the government has been waging a bloody war against rebel groups. Peres had harsh criticism for Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Assad “is more brutal than his father, and less smart,” Peres said. “The Assad government will not survive the massacre of his people,” he added.

What happens in Syria “will affect Israeli security,” Peres noted. He expressed hope that Assad’s fall would be a “death blow” to Lebanese terrorist group Hizbullah.