Defense Minister Yoav Gallant met with soldiers of the Artillery Corps who operate the Hermes 450 drone at the Palmachim Airbase and thanked them for their service. 

"Your work leads to a quick and high-quality response – thanks to you, we carry out 40% of liquidations, including in places where we haven't attacked for years," Gallant said.

He also met with fighters from the "Zik" artillery unit, emphasizing that their service is of immense importance in accomplishing tasks that lead to defeating terror in the Gaza Strip, Lebanon, Syria, Judea, and Samaria. He noted that this unit alone destroyed 40% of terrorists in the Gaza Strip with minimal collateral damage, which is also very important.

"In Gaza, we are obligated to eliminate Hamas and also to return the hostages. We are working on these two tasks, and I am determined to accomplish both things. It will take as long as it takes, but we must do this task. I don't think there is any other army in the world capable of doing what you do with the same success and quality," Gallant said.