"The Israel Air Force is the best in the world – it has the ability to deal with the challenges and threats we face"

"You are the young guard – the next generation of the best air force in the world"

 The President of the State of Israel, Shimon Peres, delivered remarks this afternoon at the Israeli Air Force Graduation Ceremony. President Peres addressed the threats and challenges Israel is facing and said, "Over the past 50 years, Israel's Air Force remains the best in the world. When you throw your berets in the air you will become the young guard – the next generation of the best air force in the world. You will hold in your hands the controls of the airplane which are also the controls of the security of the State of Israel and protect the country and its skies. Israel is facing complex and multiple challenges. The IDF, and the IAF, has the ability to deal with those challenges and threats. The reputation of the IAF is part of Israel's deterrent system."

"A binational state contradicts the vision of Herzl, it endangers the Jewish and democratic character of the State of Israel."

“There is a chance to renew the peace process, and it is not to be missed. We welcome the arrival of Secretary of State Kerry, to Israel. This is an effort to revive the process and we will all help it to suceed.”

 The President of the State of Israel, Shimon Peres, delivered remarks this morning at the State Memorial Ceremony in memory of Benjamin Zeev (Theodor) Herzl. President Peres addressed Secretary of State Jon Kerry's peace initiative, and Herzl's Zionist vision that Israel will live in peace with its neighbors: "Peace is a moral foundation of Judaism, it is an existential need of the Jewish state. A binational state contradicts the vision of Herzl, it endangs the Jewish and democratic state of Israel. There is a chance to renew the peace process, and it is not to be missed. We welcome the arrival of Secretary of State Kerry, to Israel. This is an effort to revive the process and we will all help it to succeed.”

"The exercise that we are doing here is not theoretical. The reality around us is changing very quickly. It is explosive and dynamic and we need to be ready accordingly. What has impressed me today on yet another visit to a Golani Brigade exercise is that we are moving over time with an exceptional combination of commanders, soldiers and technology.

Following is an excerpt from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's remarks, today (Thursday, 27 June 2013), at the state memorial ceremony for Binyamin Zeev (Theodor) Herzl at Mt. Herzl in Jerusalem:

"Let no one among us delude him or herself that if we make a peace agreement with the Palestinians, that this agreement would eliminate the wild defamation of the state of the Jews. What has been the lot of the Jews beforehand, for generations, today is the lot of the state of the Jews. Peace is desirable in and of itself. Peace is based on security. It is not based on goodwill and legitimacy as is believed. It is based, first of all, on our ability to defend ourselves. Without security, without the army, the establishment of which Herzl called for, we will be unable to defend the peace, we will be unable to defend ourselves if the peace frays. A basic condition for the existence of peace, for achieving it and for preserving it is security."
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, this morning (Tuesday, 25 June 2013), made the following statements at the start of their meeting:

Prime Minister Netanyahu:  "Prime Minister Ivanishvili, it's a pleasure to welcome you here in Jerusalem.  I've been looking forward to our meeting.  It will be an important step in continuing the great relationship between Georgia and Israel.  We want to expand this relationship in every way – in trade, in agriculture, in cultural exchanges, and I would say strengthening and building on the human bridge between our two societies.  We have a very proud community of Jews that came from Georgia, that have been there for thousands of years, and in addition, we have the modern states that have a deep and instinctive friendship between us.