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IDF General Staff Grove Inaugurated in Sataf
The General Staff Grove was inaugurated at a ceremony in Sataf that was broadcast live on the KKL-JNF Hebrew website and attended by current and former members of the General Staff Forum. The participants included IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, Minister of Defense Moshe “Bogie” Yaalon, IDF generals past and present, KKL-JNF World Chairman Efi Stenzler, KKL-JNF officials, Dalia Rabin, Gilad and Omri Sharon, Tali Lipkin-Shahak and Yael Dayan.
“A landmark that reflects the special relationship between the IDF and Israeli society,” was Chief of Staff Benny Gantz’s definition of the symbolism of the General Staff Grove. “Every sapling represents the promise to continue to protect the citizens and residents of the State of Israel and to continue to grow and stand firm in the face of the challenges that confront us,” he said.
Ever since their inception, the Israel Defense Forces have been an inseparable part of the country’s social landscape. Now the army has a foothold, too, in these landscapes, in the form of this grove planted in the Judean Hills around Jerusalem. The General Staff Forest is an expression of the gratitude that KKL-JNF and the Israeli people as a whole feel towards the IDF and its commanders.
“A tree is a symbol of our national vitality, which is underpinned by the power and morality of the IDF,” said KKL-JNF World Chairman Efi Stenzler. “He who plows his land declares that that land is his. He who plants a tree declares that the land belongs to him and to his children and to his children’s children. That is the significance of the grove we plant here today.”
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