“I know what this positions means, I believe I’m also beginning to feel it”

Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, stepped into his role leading his first meeting of the General Staff Forum

Date: 15/02/2011, 1:58 PM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

“The celebration is over and the work must begin. We will need time to adapt to each other but I know we can do it. Now it’s our turn, together, to continue to improve and advance,” said the Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz on Monday (Feb. 14), at the first General Staff Forum meeting held under his leadership.

Photos from the ceremony for the outgoing and incoming Chiefs of Staff

Prior to the meeting, Lt. Gen. Gantz said that he understood the scope of his responsibility and task. “Things happen, some perhaps personal misgivings but, to me, national misgivings are of much higher importance, that is why I am here. I know what this positions means but I think I’m also beginning to feel it. I do it seriously with the utmost desire,” he said.

Earlier in the day, Chief of Staff Ashkenazi said, referring to deliberations in the General Staff, that he “has been through the most crucial moments of the State of Israel. Nothing prepares you more for such a great responsibility. The people in this room can help you deal with difficult decisions. We have here a wonderful group of patriotic people who could have done a million other things but chose to serve this country.”

“I want to wish Benny all the luck in the world. I have no doubt he will get the cooperation of the Defense Minister and of all others he must work with,” said Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi to the members of the General Staff and added that he “would like to thank you for everything. I’m leaving with a sense of security that the people sitting here know that we are responsible for and are serving the public.”