Bennett: No matter what happens to the Iran talks, we will defend ourselves

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett stressed that Israel will defend itself, whatever happens in the nuclear talks between Iran and world powers, during a visit to an exercise the IDF is conducting in northern Israel on Tuesday.

“We are surrounded by security challenges and the goal is to take advantage of periods of relative quiet to build strength. Therefore, we are preparing for various scenarios, both near and far,” Bennett said. “We are dealing with Iran and its affiliates in Lebanon and Syria. No matter what happens between Iran and the superpowers, and we are certainly concerned that there is not enough toughness in the face of Iranian violations, Israel will defend itself, on its own. . “

During the visit, Defense Minister Benny Gantz stated that “of course we are following everything that is happening on all fronts.”

“We are currently looking at Iran’s policy inside Iran in the nuclear context, as well as its strengthening outside Iran and its influence in Syria and Lebanon,” Gantz added. “The world must act against Iran and Israel must continue to do what it needs on all fronts in general and on the northern front in particular.”

Last week, the IDF began a drill in northern Israel, as part of which reservists from the 36th Division, also known as the Ga’ash Formation, were summoned.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Defense Minister Benny Gantz visit an IDF drill in northern Israel (Credit: AMOS BEN GERSHOM / GPO)

Approximately 3,000 soldiers from the Golani Brigade, Armored Corps, artillery and reserve brigades, along with intelligence and the Air Force, participated in the drill.

“We found here a very cohesive and trained system that is gaining more and more capabilities, and I am very happy with what we have seen here,” Gantz said of the drill.

“The state budget has been approved and this is especially important for the IDF, which can properly plan its resources, train continuously and intensively and invest everything it needs to prepare for the next war,” Bennett said.

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