PM speaks of Yom Kippur War and Israel’s preemptive strikes in order to prevent enemies from attacking Israel; Netanyahu: Israel is constantly working to prevent our enemies from arming themselves with advanced weaponry.

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Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed Israel’s preemptive strikes in the region during his weekly cabinet meeting.

Speaking ahead of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, which takes place Tuesday evening into Wednesday, Netanyahu spoke of the history of the Yom Kippur War 45 years ago. He stated on Sunday, “This week we will mark, in synagogues and cemeteries, Yom Kippur, the holiest day of our people, and the day on which, 45 years ago, we absorbed a bloody attack that cost us thousands of victims. We must do everything to prevent war. Its victims destroy the lives of families and they are a gaping wound in the heart of the nation.”

He added, “However, if war is forced upon us, we must do everything to win with minimal losses.” The prime minister stated that during the Yom Kippur War, Israel’s political leadership made a “grievous mistake” by not allowing a preemptive strike, stating “We will never repeat this mistake.”

Netanyahu reiterated Israel’s continued defense against its enemies, stating “Israel is constantly working to prevent our enemies from arming themselves with advanced weaponry. Our red lines are as sharp as ever and our determination to enforce them is stronger than ever.”

On Saturday, the IDF carried out strikes in Syria targeting an Iranian arms depot as well as a recent Iranian weapons shipment to Syria. While the IDF and Ministry of Defense refused to comment on reports, both have been clear that Israel will not allow transfer of weapons to Hezbollah or Iran to entrench itself in Syria.

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