IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi at Yad Vashem on the Eve of Yom Hashoah

Uploaded by YadVashem on 11.04.2010

On behalf of my father and his family, who dreamt about the establishment of an independent and sovereign state,
and on behalf of all the millions who weren’t able to see the fulfillment of their dream,
I stand here today as the commander of the Jewish defense force, the Israel Defense Forces,
and I speak for all of us in promising:
“We will never again be defenseless, dependent upon the kindness of others.
Jewish children will never again plea in a frightened manner
for others to have mercy on them.
We will never allow those who seek to harm us
to determine the fate and future of the Jewish people.
We can defend our children."