The Chief of the General Staff, Lieutenant General Benjamin “Benny” Gantz, is participating in a series of meetings and appearances in Washington D.C. as part of his visit to the United States.
During his visit, Lt. Gen. Gantz addressed 300 students at the National Defense University (NDU), and spoke about major events that have taken place during his time as the head IDF commander. Lt. Gen. Gantz is an NDU graduate himself.
Afterwards, farewell gathering was held at the Israeli Embassy, and was attended by senior government officials, congress members, senators, as well as senior members of the American Defense Establishment and the Jewish community.
While speaking to the crowd, Gantz said, “We awoke this morning to breaking news of a terror attack in Paris. No country can allow itself to remain isolated in the face of these events. Countries of the world have this challenge in common, and ought to face them together, with strength and knowledge.”
“These are the days in which the Sykes-Picot border lines are being re-drawn with the violent paintbrush of ISIS,” Gantz continued. ”To counter this, it is not enough to mobilize forces, today in order to influence it is much more important to mobilize ideas. And so, the decisions we make today will influence the coming decade. We must be able to adapt our abilities and actions not according to our plans, but according to the constantly changing reality.”