The IDF (Zahal) aid delegation to Japan has landed at the Nevatim air force base and was greeted by the IDF (Zahal) Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, GOC Home Front Command, Maj. Gen. Yair Golan and IDF (Zahal) Surgeon General, Brig. Gen. Dr. Nachman Ash.
IDF (Zahal) Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, stated “Israel’s advantage is its people. We have fulfilled our task in the best way possible. As a people that have suffered gravely in their past, we have a moral obligation to help those in need. We send our condolences to the Japanese people and we are pleased that we could lend a hand and assist. ”
GOC Home Front Command, Maj. Gen. Yair Golan, stated that: “I wish to thank all those involved in this task for their willingness to help, professionalism, patience and all the hard work that they have done in Japan”.
Commander of the Medical Delegation, Lt.Col. Dr.Ofir Cohen-Marom
Surgeon General. Brig. Gen. Dr. Nachman Ash, added that the IDF (Zahal) medical team was the hope of the area’s residents: “The symbolic assistance that we were able to provide demonstrates the obligation that nations have to assist others in need.”
The commander of the delegation, Brig. Gen (Res.) Shalom Ben-Arieh, stated that “We have landed in Israel a short while ago following two and a half weeks of intensive work.”