Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz at 60th anniversary of IDF (Zahal) Junior Command Preparatory School: IDF (Zahal) acting in necessary time and place to maintain advantage

Date: 24/02/2013, 4:39 PM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

Chief of the General Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz addressed a ceremony marking 60 years since the establishment of Haifa’s IDF (Zahal) Junior Command Preparatory School on Thursday (February 21), discussing principles of leadership, the challenges facing the IDF (Zahal) and regional developments.

“We are closely tracking regional developments and acting in the necessary time and place to maintain the IDF (Zahal)’s advantage,” the Chief of Staff told the students of the Junior Command Preparatory School.

“Leadership is when a person is ready to get up and lead from the front, with discretion, determination and resourcefulness,” Lt. Gen. Gantz said. “Leadership is embodied by one who generates inspiration and faith in his or her path, in one who is ready to accept responsibility for his or her destiny and for the destinies of others in the face of the challenges of the hour.”

The Chief of Staff discussed the legacy of the IDF (Zahal) preparatory schools. “Generations of commanders have entered through the gates of military preparatory schools,” he said. “You entered its gates as young boys and girls from all over the country, reflecting the great diversity of Israeli society and expressing exactly the face of the IDF (Zahal) as the ‘people’s army’.”

Lt. Gen. Gantz reminded those gathered of the importance of remembering the fallen. “We also remember those who acted and fought and couldn’t be with us here today – our comrades in arms, one hundred and thirty fallen [soldiers] from military preparatory schools who were killed on the battle field during their military service,” he said.