The Chief of the General Staff, Lieutenant General Benjamin (Benny) Gantz, departed departed this morning (Sunday, 4 January, 2015) for an official seven-day visit in Canada and the United States, as the guest of the Chief of the Defense Staff of Her Majesty’s Canadian Forces, General Thomas J. Lawson and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General (****) Martin E. Dempsey.

During the course of the visit, the Chief of the General Staff and his counterparts will conduct a series of work meetings together, as well as meetings with other Canadian and American military officials in Toronto, Ottowa, Washington D.C. and New York City. They will also discuss current security challenges, the regional security assessment in the Middle East and military cooperation.

The Chief of the General Staff will visit the Canadian War Museum in Ottowa, will address the National Defense University in Washington D.C. and pay tribute at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York.

During his absence, Lt. Gen. Gantz will be replaced by his deputy, Major General Yair Golan.

Lt. Gen. Gantz will be accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Revital Gantz, the Defense Attaché to the US, Maj. Gen. Yaacov Ayish, The Head of International Military Cooperation Department, Brig. Gen. Avi Peled, the IDF (Zahal) Spokesman, Brig. Gen. Moti Almoz, the Defense Attaché to Canada, Col. Adam Sussman and former commander of the Golani Brigade Reconnaissance Battalion, who was injured during Operation Protective Edge, Lt. Col. Roi Levi.