Dr Mike Evans

Prime Minister Netanyahu addresses military police during Purim celebration

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended a gathering this evening featuring commanders and soldiers from various crossings, including the Military Police Erez Battalion, where they participated in a reading of the Book of Esther.

Following the reading, Netanyahu took the opportunity to commend the attendees for their unwavering dedication and tireless efforts, particularly in the face of increasingly daunting challenges. He acknowledged the significant risks and sacrifices they make daily while defending Israel and its citizens across diverse missions.

Expressing his gratitude, Netanyahu thanked the rabbi for not only delivering a flawless reading but also for offering insightful remarks that resonated with the essence of the occasion.

Reflecting on the holiday of Purim, Netanyahu drew parallels between ancient history and contemporary threats, underscoring the enduring struggle against antisemitism. He emphasized the need for unity and resolve in confronting modern adversaries, notably highlighting the Iranian regime’s hostile intentions toward Israel.

“Today in modern Persia, there is a new enemy – the Iranian regime, which seeks to destroy the state of the Jews. We have already seen what Hamas, one of this enemy’s proxies, did on October 7, which President Biden also called sheer evil,” the prime minister stated.

“It is impossible to defeat the sheer evil by leaving it intact in Rafah. As in ancient times, like our brothers, we are also united. We are fighting and will be victorious. We will enter Rafah and achieve total victory. We eliminated Haman and we will also eliminate Sinwar,” he continued.

Netanyahu’s remarks carried a sense of historical significance, as he likened the current geopolitical landscape to the ancient struggle of the Jewish people against oppression. He invoked the spirit of resilience and determination that led to victory in the past and encouraged unity among Israelis in the face of present-day challenges.

Accompanying Netanyahu were key figures including his Chief-of-Staff Tzachi Braverman, Military Secretary Maj.-Gen. Avi Gil, IDF Manpower Directorate Head Maj.-Gen. Yaniv Asor, Chief Military Police Officer Brig.-Gen. Avichai Meibar, and Erez Battalion Commander Lt.-Col. Itzik Ben-Yair, highlighting the importance of the event within the Israeli leadership hierarchy.