Rivlin Ends Hanukkah With IDF: Safe Thanks to You

President and IDF Chief of Staff Gantz hold Hanukkah candle lighting with soldiers in Judea, appraise the difficulties in the region.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Reuven Rivlin, Benny Gantz in background
Reuven Rivlin, Benny Gantz in background
Mark Neyman/GPO

President Reuven Rivlin and IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz lit candles for the eighth and final night of Hanukkah on Tuesday with dozens of IDF soldiers.

The soldiers present included members of the paratroopers, and armored corps engineers of the 7th Brigade of the Judea Regional Brigade in Southern Har Hevron.

Speaking about the Judea region, Rivlin said "soldiers, you are operating in a varied and complex location, against malevolent terrorists, through long and difficult nights, thwarting immediate threats. Thanks to you, because of your strength and bravery, because of your dedication, the people of Israel sleep safe and sound in their homes."

"Your heroism and dedication will defeat terror. Your brave spirit, dear soldiers and officers, together with strength of character, unwavering faith, and the justness of your path, will shape our future. We have confidence and faith in you, and faith that you will complete your mission in the best possible manner," said Rivlin.

Gantz took the opportunity to say "there are those who see the rebirth of Israel as a miracle, and those who prefer to see it as an act of man. I believe that miracles are the result of the work of each of you here today."

"I know that the military activities are difficult and even seemingly impossible, and do not always occur under the best of conditions, but nevertheless, it is a great privilege for us to carry the torch of security," concluded Gantz.

After the lighting ceremony, Rivlin toured the Brigade's base and told the soldieres "I know that at times, military service is not simple. It is very cold here, and you need to be at your most vigilant. Thank you, on behalf of myself and all the citizens of Israel. Because of you, we can sleep peacefully."

Benny Gantz, Reuven Rivlin Mark Neyman/GPO