Eizenkot to new recruits: “This is a complex time”

IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot spoke with the Givati and Golani Brigades’ newest recruits on Sunday, commenting on the murder in Halamish and the tensions in Jerusalem. “There’s volatility in this period from Gaza but also from Judea and Samaria,” he said.
Eizenkot, today Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot spoke with the army’s newest combat recruits, who will serve in the Golani and Givati Brigades, on Sunday morning and commented on the series of recent violent incidents in Jerusalem and the West Bank. “The past weekend has taught us about with what we are dealing,” he stressed.

“This is a complex time,” he stated. “There’s volatility in this period from Gaza but also from Judea and Samaria.” The IDF chief of staff told the young soldiers that the military is working to prevent the next war. “If a war will be necessary, we will need clear results in order to keep away the war that will follow,” he said.

Ahead of the summer drafts, the parents of Hadar Goldin, whose body is being held captive by Hamas in Gaza, criticized the security cabinet and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “Just like many parents in Israel, we accompanied exactly six years ago our son Hadar to the Bakum [the IDF enlistment processing base] on his draft day,” they said. “Three years later, Hadar was fighting in Rafah and was kidnapped by Hamas.”

“An explanation from the prime minister and defense minister about why they aren’t working to return Oron [Shaul] and Hadar back from the battles in Shuja'iyya and Rafah is needed,” they continued. “The new recruits and their families should know why Netanyahu and Lieberman are grossly violating the unwritten agreement between an Israeli family that sends their child to his compulsory service in the IDF and the cabinet and government that send him to a battle and are obligated to bring him home.”

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