Isaac Herzog speaks during a state memorial ceremony for victims of terror
Isaac Herzog speaks during a state memorial ceremony for victims of terror Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90

President Isaac Herzog participated in the graduation ceremony of the IDF's 184th pilot course at the Air Force Base in Hatzerim on Thursday.

“I wish to take this opportunity to thank you, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. Next week, you will conclude your role. We will yet have opportunities to part. We have cooperated together for the sake of Israel’s security, with mutual respect and friendship, always with our sights set on the good of the country—and for this I give you my greatest thanks," Herzog began

“The security of Israel’s citizens is tested on a daily basis. We face many challenges, some in plain view; others, hidden.

“Today, we received news of attempts to kidnap and attack Israelis, and believe me that Israel’s security forces are operating 24/7 in ‘foiling’ and preventive operations often reminiscent of thriller movies. Reality sometimes surpasses all imagination.

“I am warning anyone who is thinking of trying us. We do not face threats with our arms crossed. Israel reserves its freedom of operation and guarantees its own security interests. Our long arm will reach wherever we choose, whenever we choose, by any means we choose.”