Gantz on coronavirus: “We didn’t respond as was fit, but we will succeed this time as well.”
During the memorial, President Reuven Rivlin warned that the “surprise that was our lot” in the war must not be forgotten or repeated in health or the economy.
“I fought in the killing fields of that terrible war, and here I am today. Almost a jubilee later, and I well remember how we won that war. In the trenches, we fought shoulder to shoulder,” stressed Rivlin. “No one checked to see if you had sideburns folded under your helmet or if you were wearing your red pad [a symbol of the Histadrut]. We stormed together, knowing that if we did not rush forward, there might not be anywhere to return to.
“At this time we must be goal-oriented, and the goal is to defeat the virus – to defeat it!”
Defense Minister Benny Gantz stressed during the service that the coronavirus caught Israel unprepared, similar to the Yom Kippur War. “We didn’t respond as was fit, but we will succeed this time as well.”