Israel’s President Reuven Riviln paid a visit to Rambam Medical Center on Sunday, where the pilot and navigator who were injured after abandoning their F-16 are hospitalized. The navigator, who suffered minor injuries, is expected to be released later on Sunday.

Rambam Medical Center in Haifa

Rambam Medical Center in Haifa Photo credit: Moshe Shai, Flash 90

Israel’s President Reuven Riviln on Sunday visited the Israeli pilot and navigator who were injured during Saturday’s confrontations with Syria.

Rivlin told reporters at Rambam Medical Center, “I was happy to see that the two pilots were recovering quickly. This is an opportunity to thank the hospital for its capabilities and dedication and uncompromising willingness to take care of our soldiers.”

“Those who wish ill for us should know it is impossible to disrupt the lives of our citizens, and we will not stand idly by while someone tries to do so,” Rivlin added.

“We continuously warn our allies around the world who think the Iranians can be dealt with through diplomacy,” he said. “When it comes to us, we’re not only talking about a nuclear danger but also about a country that supports terrorism. We have Hezbollah in the north, we have Hamas in the south and we have Iran backing them.”

Rivlin saw the pilot who was seriously injured in Saturday’s events and met with his wife, parents and infant son. He also spoke with the navigator, who suffered minor injuries and is expected to be released later on Sunday.

Earlier, the hospital stated that the pilot had made a significant recovery overnight. It added that he is still hospitalized in the intensive care unit, but is now able to breathe on his own and is fully conscious.