Gantz in Brussels for NATO military chiefs meeting

Chief of General Staff will discuss Hamas, Lebanon and Iranian nuclear challenge with chiefs of staff from Europe.

January 17, 2012 08:34
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IDF Chief of General Staff Benny Gantz

IDF Chief of General Staff Benny Gantz_311. (photo credit: IDF Spokesperson)


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IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz flew to Brussels Tuesday morning, to attend the annual meeting of NATO military chiefs. Gantz will address the crowd and discuss Israel's security challenges, including Hamas in Gaza, Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Iranian nuclear challenge.

Gantz will stress the need to coordinate between various countries to work together to counter the growing threat of terrorism around the world.

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Gantz has scheduled meetings with the commander of the US military's European Command (EUCOM) Adm. James G. Stavridis. Earlier in the week, the IDF and EUCOM announced that they were postponing a large-scale missile defense drill that was scheduled for April and will now likely be held sometime in late 2012.

Gantz will also meet with Britain's Chief of Staff General Sir David Richards, Russia military chief Nikolai Makarov, as well as the chiefs of staff of France, Spain, Italy, Australia, Canada, Greece and Poland.

This is Gantz's first trip overseas since he was appointed chief of staff in February.

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