Chief of Staff: Fighting may last a long time

Thursday, July 20, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
Chief of Staff Lt. General Dan Halutz said in a letter to his soldiers, the first since the war in Lebanon began, that there is no time frame for its activity in Lebanon and to be prepared for an extended operation.

Halutz said, “The State of Israel is in the midst of fighting against radical Islamic terror organizations who deny Israel’s right to exist and who are sponsored by Iran and Syria, whose goal is to harm Israel’s sovereignty.”

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) began intense fighting against Hizballah and Hamas because of terror attacks and the capture of Israeli soldiers, Corporal Gilad Shalit, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev.

“The strength of our values and morals will radiate on the state's citizens and residents and on their capability to persist and face the threat to the front. The endurance of our society and the faith it has in the IDF strengthen us and will continue to do so.”

In words of encouragement to IDF soldiers Halutz reminded them of their goal to destroy the terrorist infrastructures.

“You, the soldiers and your commanders, moral and determined, adhered to a mission and acting in the spirit of the IDF will continue to be the source of the IDF's might and the base for its success. A strong IDF is a security net for the continuation of Israel's existence," he said.

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