The IDF Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz landed today, November 5 2013, for an official four-day visit in Europe.
Lt. Gen. Gantz will be welcomed in Italy by an official honor guard as the guest of the Chief of Defense Admiral Luigi Binelli Mantelli, and will continue to Germany for a three-day visit as the guest of General (****) Volker Wieker, Chief of Staff of the German Armed Forces.
Lt. Gen. Gantz in Italy with the Chief of Defense Admiral Luigi Binelli Mantelli
This is Lt. Gen. Gantz’s first visit to Germany as the IDF’s Chief of the General Staff, following several previous visits to Israel of Chiefs of Staff of the German Armed Forces.
During his visit Lt. Gen. Gantz will conduct several work meetings with the Italian Chief of Defense and the Chief of Staff of the German Armed Forces as well as other defense officials. In addition, Lt. Gen. Gantz will visit various units of the German Armed Forces, and will meet with numerous commanders as well.
Lt. Gen. Gantz welcomed in Italy by an official honor guard
The visit will focus on joint security and defense challenges, security assessments of the Middle East and military cooperation.
Lt. Gen. Gantz will be the guest of honor at a Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony at the Platform 17 Memorial at Grunewald Station in Berlin. In addition, he will also visit the Wannsee Villa, the location in which the “Final Solution” was declared during the Wannsee Conference in 1942.