IDF Chief of the General Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz arrived yesterday in Germany, marking his first visit to the country as Israel’s military chief. The visit aims to strengthen the IDF’s cooperation with the German military, while affirming the strong bond between Israel and Germany today.

IDF Chief of the General Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz landed yesterday (Wednesday) in Germany as part of an official four-day visit in Europe. 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.

IDF Chief of the General Staff Makes Historic Visit to Germany

The Chief of the General Staff began his visit to Europe in Italy, where he conducted several work meetings with the Italian Chief of Defense. Yesterday, he continued on to Germany, where he will spend three days as the official guest of General Volker Wieker –  the highest ranking official in the German military. During his visit, he will participate in meetings with Germany’s defense minister and other officials. The visit is aimed at strengthening the IDF’s cooperation with the German military, while affirming the strong bond between Israel and Germany.

IDF Chief of the General Staff Makes Historic Visit to Germany

In addition, Lt. Gen. Gantz will be the guest of honor at a Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony at the Platform 17 Memorial at Grunewald Station in Berlin. He will also visit the Wannsee Villa, the location in which the “Final Solution” was declared during the Wannsee Conference in 1942.