Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi expresses condolences to Polish military

IDF (Zahal) Spokesperson

The IDF (Zahal) Chief of the General Staff expressed his condolences to the Polish military and the family of late Polish Chief of the General Staff, Gen. Gagor

Date: 10/04/2010, 7:35 PM    

On Saturday evening (Apr. 10), the IDF (Zahal) Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, expressed his deepest condolences to the Polish military, to its General Staff and to the family of the Chief of the General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces, General Franciszek Gagor, who was killed in the devastating plane crash earlier the same day.

Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi described the personal relationship he and Gen. Gagor developed in recent years: “Over the past three years, I met with the Chief of Staff of the Polish Armed Forces, General Gagor, a number of times, during personal meetings that took place between us, during a NATO conference in Brussels, and in Warsaw, where he was my host during the March of the Living.”

“I met a commander, an amazing military man, who integrated his army in the NATO pact,” continued the IDF (Zahal) Chief of the General Staff, and expressed his admiration for his late Polish colleague, “I was especially touched by his great interest in the journey of military officers to concentration camps in Poland in the framework of the Witnesses in Uniform program. We discussed this at length and it was very important to him that young IDF (Zahal) officers meet with young officers in the Polish Armed Forces and get to know the new generation who is educated about the Holocaust.”

Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi concluded his speech, saying, “In the name of the Israel Defense Forces, in the name of the General Staff and myself, I share the grief felt by the Polish nation and the grief of the Polish military and its commanders.”