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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi and other security and military heads raise glasses in a toast to the upcoming 73rd Israeli Independence Day.

The tenure of Nadav Argaman, head of Israel’s General Security Services (GSS/Shin Bet), has been extended by four months.

The move was approved Sunday by Israel’s government ministers in a vote held by telephone.

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The heads of Israel’s intelligence, security and military departments also met Sunday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to offer a toast to the country’s upcoming 73rd Independence Day.

“The struggle against Iran and its proxies and the Iranian armament efforts is a huge mission,” Netanyahu said in remarks at the IDF General Staff Forum. “The situation that exists today will not necessarily be the situation that will exist tomorrow.

“It is very difficult to explain what we have done here in Israel, this transition from an abject helplessness which is unprecedented in the history of nations, to the global power that we have succeeded in creating here, certainly a regional power but in certain senses a global power as well.

“I wish for all of us that you continue on this path and that you continue to keep the sword of David in your hands,” Netanyahu concluded.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.