President Peres honors outstanding IDF reserve units

Lt. Gen. Gantz: It is still difficult to assess the full meaning of Middle East turmoil

Date: 05/07/2011, 11:31 AM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

On Monday (July 4), President Shimon Peres presented certificates of excellence to 15 IDF (Zahal) reserve units.

The ceremony, which was held at the presidential residence in Jerusalem, was attended by Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Chief of the General Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, Chief Reserve Forces Officer Brig. Gen. Shuki Ben Anat and members of the General Staff Forum.

“Without the reserves, the IDF (Zahal) could not sustain itself both in terms of quality and quantity,” Peres said. “Without the reserves, the balance of power in wars would be inclined against us. The reserves are a reflection of the unique makeup of Israeli society, in which citizens from different sectors are occasionally called to active service.”

Lt. Gen. Gantz said: “The upheavals and turmoil in the region in which we live conceal historical changes whose full meaning and impact are still difficult to assess. They may open for us, in the long-term, opportunities for a better future. But in the foreseeable future, they present challenges and threats that are not simple.”

“We need to fully plan and prepare for all missions and every threat,” Lt. Gen. Gantz said. “It is necessary that we have a reserve force that is ready, set and honed – prepared for all missions. It is precisely for this reason that we attach such great importance to the example that you set for Israeli society. With you, I am confident that we can respond to and triumph over every threat and challenge.”