Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi, chief of the common employees of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), issued a message to troopers on Wednesday in which he declared: “We are fighting in the name of the sanctity of life.”
The message was distributed to the public by way of the IDF’s Telegram channel.
It reads, in full (authentic emphasis):
IDF commanders and troopers,
We are in the midst of a conflict. It shall be a protracted conflict and we are going to battle it till the finish. We are being proactive and preventing the enemy in their territory, putting them in the very place the place they labored on their plans and in the very space the evil terrorists got here from.
We are advancing in the levels of the conflict, and working on the floor inside the enemy’s territory, supported by exact and heavy fireplace. The exercise will proceed and intensify in response to the levels of the conflict and its targets, as outlined by the Israeli authorities.
So far we now have inflicted heavy losses on the enemy and broken terrorist infrastructure. We seek for, discover a kill those that participated in the murderous bloodbath towards us and those that despatched them. We will proceed to battle the enemy with nice power from the land, air and sea. We will proceed to push tirelessly and take benefit of each alternative to convey the hostages residence, via each dangerous overt and covert efforts, as we now have already accomplished. War has a heavy and painful worth, however it’s vital. We will proceed to hit the enemy as a lot as wanted, till civilians in Israel return to a life of safety in their houses and their communities.
All of our enemies know that the Israel Defense Forces will pursue anybody who tries to hurt the folks of Israel and they’re going to pay a heavy worth, in the end.
We are preventing in the identify of the sanctity of life, towards an enemy whose flag represents dying and destruction.
We battle as a robust navy, with a pointy ethical compass.
We are preventing for the values of justice and morality upon which the nation was established, towards a terrorist group that dedicated vile and horrific conflict crimes.
We are preventing for our proper and the proper of future generations to dwell in security and prosperity in our homeland.
We battle with the folks of Israel behind us. We are preventing the folks’s conflict, the nation’s conflict and the conflict for the civilians of Israel. Their spirit beats inside us and instills us with hope, a preventing spirit and resolute willpower for the future.
I’ve met many of you in latest weeks. Commanders, troopers of the floor forces, air power, and navy, in each obligatory and reserve service, in completely different models, at headquarters and on the residence entrance. I used to be with you, I noticed the preparation and the coaching, I regarded into your eyes and noticed that you just had been able to battle.
Our spirit is powerful. And with this spirit — be sharp, skilled in each motion, alert to any menace and as ready as attainable for any shock. Be warriors!
I inform you with confidence — we are going to battle with the power of spirit and willpower — we are going to win, and we are going to assure resurrection and new life.
“For we will not turn back, and there is no other way; there is no people who will deviate from their life’s purpose.” – Nathan Alterman, Zemer Haplugot [song]
The eyes of the nation are on us. Go ahead with this power.
Yesterday, the chief of Israel’s Southern Command, General Yaron Finkelman, delivered a radio tackle to the troops: “We will fight them in the alleys, we will fight them in the tunnels, we will fight them wherever it is necessary.”
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