President Rivlin speaks about fatal terror attack today in address to IAF Pilot Training Course graduation ceremony
(Communicated by the President's Spokesperson)
President Rivlin: "This terror by teenagers, incited by an education of blood libels given by their leaders must be stopped. We will fight it to the bitter end."
President Reuven Rivlin this evening (Thursday), addressed the graduation ceremony for the graduates of the Israeli Air Force's (IAF) Pilot Training Course at the Hazerim Air-Force base.
President Rivlin began his address by speaking about the fatal terror attack earlier in the day, in which 13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel was murdered by a Palestinian terrorist in her home in Kiryat Arba.
He said, "I would like to begin my statement by expressing my immense pain over the brutal murder of Hillel Yaffa. An innocent girl murdered in cold blood this morning as she slept in her bed. On behalf of the people of Israel, I send my condolences to the family at this difficult time, and offer strength to all the residents of Kiryat Arba. This terror by teenagers, incited by an education of blood libels given by their leaders must be stopped. We will fight it to the bitter end, firmly and without compromise. We will uproot the terrorists and those who dispatch them. We will insist on continuing to build our lives here, without terror, with the continuing commitment to cement our national home, and strengthen Israel. There is a a long and demanding road ahead."
During the ceremony, the President awarded the ‘wings’ badge to the course's outstanding graduate (1st. Lt. R), who completed the course as a fighter.