Amnon Lipkin Shahak .
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
Adjacent to the site KKL-JNF has erected a stone memorial to Israel’s fifteenth Chief of Staff, former Government Minister Amnon Lipkin Shahak. Beside the memorial is a signboard that bears an account of Lipkin Shahak’s life and an embossed panoramic map of the view to be seen from the scenic lookout: the Jerusalem Hills, Mount Uzrar and the eastern part of the Ayalon Valley.
The inaugural event was attended by Tali Lipkin Shahak, the widow of the late chief of staff; former President Shimon Peres; Minister of Defense Moshe Yaalon; MK Yaakov Peri , KKL-JNF World Chairman Efi Stenzler; and Haim Bibas, Mayor of Modi'in-Maccabim-Re‘ut and Chairman of the local council.
Forestry work carried out by KKL-JNF at Givat HaBroshim (“Cypress Hill”) includes landscaping, restoration of the terraces and stone walls and the construction of a footpath from the memorial to Givat HaBroshim. In addition KKL-JNF has provided convenient benches and shaded areas, together with a large parking lot that can accommodate both visitors to the scenic lookout and participants in the variety of events held at Givat HaBroshim.
Minister of Defense Moshe Yaalon told those present at the inauguration: “This scenic lookout will be visited by schoolchildren, hikers and families who will gaze with emotion upon this source of national hope. Here, too, they will have the opportunity to extol the virtues of the man for whom this scenic outlook is named – Amnon; combat soldier, commander, leader and guide.”
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