Knesset hosts outstanding IDF soldiers ahead of Independence Day

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein  honored 120 IDF soldiers for their “boldness and sacrifice.”

By: World Israel News Staff

The Knesset welcomed 120 outstanding IDF soldiers who visited the Israeli parliament on Sunday to take part in the traditional ceremony in their honor, which is held annually ahead of Israel’s Independence Day.

During the event, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein told the soldiers that they received the Knesset’s medal of excellence not only because they have displayed “precision and responsibility” throughout their military service, but also because of their “uniqueness, boldness and sacrifice.”

”These are big words, which you have turned into a simple reality,” he said.

Edelstein urged the outstanding soldiers to continue along this path, expressing his concern that youngsters today tend to be less dedicated after completing their military service.

”We are a small country, and who, if not you, outstanding soldiers, should assume responsibility,” he said.

”The day after [their military service is concluded] may appear distant, but believe me, it is right around the corner. In [the near future] you will be given the responsibility over all of the Israeli nation’s missions. You will lead the economy; you will advance science; and you will promote literature and poetry. I ask that, particularly when this time comes, you will also excel, because we need outstanding people not only on the battlefield, but also in civil life.”

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The 120 IDF soldiers from the army, navy and air force will be further honored on Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, during an official ceremony at the President’s residence on Thursday.