Israel is more prepared than ever in case of a military conflict but needs to continue to improve in order to deal with growing regional threats, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said at a ceremony in Jerusalem. “As someone who has been observing the IDF since 1996 [when he became director-general of the Prime Minister’s Office], I can say that in terms of readiness of the army, it is unprecedented today,” Liberman said on Monday at a ceremony marking the laying of the cornerstone for a military college in Jerusalem.Be the first to know – Join our Facebook page. “The Land of Israel was bought not by virtue of force, but by force of right,” Liberman said, quoting Menachem Begin, “and Jerusalem is our right and the source of our strength and power, and we are simply going to exercise it.”More than NIS 1.4 billion has been invested in the college, which will spread over 30 hectares (74 acres) near the former Swedish Village institution and will be used for offices, hotels and cultural and recreational institutions.The ceremony was also attended by members of the General Staff, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot. The IDF chief said that the choice to establish a military college in Jerusalem attests to the close ties between the military and the people and its heritage.
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