Dado Scenic Lookout Dedicated on Israel's Northern Border.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
“Since we first came to Israel, I have been fascinated with the land and the Jewish people’s unwavering desire to create and maintain its homeland. I also feel passionate about KKL-JNF and its many projects throughout the country.”
Hans-Dieter Roth, who, together with his wife Ingrid, made a donation to renovate the Dado Lookout on the northern border, was speaking at the Dado Scenic Lookout dedication ceremony in Metulla.
“The knowledge that donations
, small and big, helped create these projects, warms my heart,” Hans-Dieter continued. “Every tree we plant, every project we support, strengthens the feeling that we have roots in the land. We feel those roots anew every time we come here to visit.”
Hans-Dieter’s wife Ingrid agreed. “When we planted trees in Israel for the first time, everyone was saying what Hans said, that it’s about having roots here, but I didn’t really experience that. But now, four projects later, I feel the connection to the land and to the people. It is even expressed in the language I use – I speak about ‘our project’. Working together with KKL-JNF has given me a tremendous sense of satisfaction.”
Ruhama Nakash, coordinator of education at the Metulla Local Council, thanked the Roths on behalf of the local residents. “The scenic lookout will provide a unique incentive for more tourists
to visit our town, which in the past has unfortunately been the first target of Lebanese terrorists whenever hostilities flare up. We hope to see you here again in the near future.”
David Elazar, popularly known as ‘Dado’, was appointed the ninth Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces in 1972. He led the IDF during the Yom Kippur War of 1973. Although taken by surprise by enemy forces, the IDF was able to eventually emerge victorious on both the Egyptian and Syrian fronts. The conclusions of the Agranat Commission on the Yom Kippur War led to Dado’s resignation from his post in April 1974. He died of a heart attack in April 1976 at the age of 51.
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