Israel PM Netanyahu's remarks at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting

We must do everything to prevent war. Its victims destroy the lives of families and they are a gaping wound in the heart of the nation. However, if war is forced upon us, we must do everything to win with minimal losses.


PM Netanyahu at weekly Cabinet meeting (archive)Copyright: Reuters/Ronen Zvulun

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this morning (Sunday, 16 September 2018), at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting, made the following remarks:

"This week we will mark, in synagogues and cemeteries, Yom Kippur, the holiest day of our people, and the day on which, 45 years ago, we absorbed a bloody attack that cost us thousands of victims.

We must do everything to prevent war. Its victims destroy the lives of families and they are a gaping wound in the heart of the nation. However, if war is forced upon us, we must do everything to win with minimal losses.

Forty-five years ago, intelligence erred by holding to a mistaken assessment regarding the war intentions of Egypt and Syria. When these intentions became clear beyond all doubt, and when the danger was on our very doorstep, the political leadership made a grievous mistake by not allowing a pre-emptive strike. We will never repeat this mistake.

At the same time, Israel is constantly working to prevent our enemies from arming themselves with advanced weaponry. Our red lines are as sharp as ever and our determination to enforce them is stronger than ever.

Regarding the talk about shortening terrorists' sentences – I strongly oppose this. I know that this is also the position of the Defense Minister and, therefore, it will not happen.

A good year, written and sealed for good, to the entire Jewish people."



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