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Tuesday's address to KKL-JNF World Leadership Conference participants by IDF Chief of General Staff, Lieutenant General Benny Gantz, evoked a great deal of interest and excitement.
Roberto Munoz, President of KKL-JNF Chile, opened the session and spoke about the work being done by KKL-JNF in his country with the Jewish community and with Christians who support Israel. “By us, also,” he said, “the monster called Anti-Semitism awakens from time to time. Munoz then introduced and welcomed Lieutenant General Benny Gantz, IDF Chief of General Staff.
Lieutenant General Benny Gantz stepped onto the stage to the sound of thunderous applause. “We are partners, because we are both working for the sake of the same State of Israel. You support Israel, we defend it, and we shall go on doing so forever, for the generations of the future,” said the Chief of General Staff. “Israel is a miracle in so many ways. We are the only nation that returned to its land, to the same place, to the same cultural and spiritual assets. Between you and me, we also returned to the same challenges, but with different names. Samson fought in Gaza, and so did we, but what’s a few thousand years between you and me?”
After the talk, KKL-JNF Chairman Efi Stenzler sincerely thanked the Chief of General Staff. “We all know that our security is in good hands,” he said, and announced that KKL-JNF would continue developing more meeting areas for parents and soldiers on army bases all over Israel, in appreciation of the IDF.
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