TEL AVIV (Aug. 5)
“We shall be facing tests and challenges unlike any that we have faced in the past.” Gen. Moshe Peles, commander of the Armored Corps, told a graduating ceremony of Armored Corps officers somewhere in the Sinai yesterday. He explained that the reverberations of the Yom Kippur War and the subsequent battles of attrition have scarcely died down when Israel is again faced with the possibility of a new war.
“Only the vigor and strength of the Israel Defense Force and of the entire nation, will make the enemy recognize and accept our existence,” Peled declared. “The right combination of quantitative power and human professional quality will deter the enemy and will prove decisive when the call comes.” One of the graduates was a young Druze officer and his parents and other relatives were among the people attending the ceremony.