Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein hosted at the Israeli parliament on Sunday 120 outstanding IDF soldiers from all of the army`s units. The Knesset speaker presented each soldier with a medal and took the traditional group photo with the troops.

Edelstein told the soldiers that receiving the presidential certificates of excellence (on Independence Day) will be the ”highlight” of their military service. ”An outstanding soldier does not find himself improvising at the last moment, when all hope is lost. An outstanding soldier anticipates what`s coming, plans accordingly, develops strategic thinking and is full of motivation, which he spreads to his surroundings,” he said.

”Your excellence fills us with pride,” Edelstein told the troops. ”I look at you and see the IDF`s future layer of command.”

The soldiers will be honored at the President`s Residence on Independence Day.