PM Netanyahu with Shin Bet chief
PM Netanyahu with Shin Bet chiefKobi Gideon/GPO

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today (Tuesday) participated in a pre-Passover toast with the heads and employees of the Shin Bet.

"I want to thank you for the hard work you do around the clock. I think this work is one of the best, perhaps the best in the world, and it is no coincidence that people come from all over the world to see what we do. You deserve all praise, also for your effort and sacrifice and commitment to security of the state. In the end we reach every terrorist. This is a great achievement because whoever comes to harm us should know that their blood is in their head," Netanyahu said.

He added, "Iran is responsible for 95% of the security threats against us, including those you deal with directly and indirectly. We must of course deal with the new threats, and this is within our power as the state of the Jewish people."

Shin Bet chief Ronen Bar told Netanyahu: "Mr. Prime Minister, we are glad that you came to meet us at the headquarters of the Shin Bet on the occasion of Passover. As it is said: 'Each person must see himself as if he came out of Egypt', in every generation the responsibility falls on someone else. Now it's our turn - all of us sitting here and engaged together in the important work of protecting the people of Israel, its security and freedom."

Bar said that “only three months have passed [since the start of the year], and this year more than 200 significant attacks have been thwarted, including about 150 shooting attacks, 20 bomb attacks, ramming attacks, kidnappings and others.”

Bar noted the capture yesterday (Monday) of two terrorists who committed a shooting attack in Huwara in which two IDF soldiers were wounded. "We did it in Ramadan, we did it in broad daylight," he said.