The US awarded IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz the Legion of Merit on Tuesday.

Gantz is on a five-day visit to Washington as the guest of Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The Legion of Merit was awarded to Gantz in the name of President Barack Obama, for “outstanding” command of the IDF which allows it to continue to cope with a wide range of challenges.

Gantz thanked his American hosts and said he was accepting the award on behalf of all IDF soldiers and commanders.

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