Bulgarians hail new IDF chief Ashkenazi 'our guy'

February 7, 2007 21:32

Gabi Ashkenazi, the newly designated commander of Israel's armed forces and son of a Bulgarian Jew, has been hailed by local media as "our guy." Under the headline "Our guy will command Israel's army" the popular daily Standart published a report about Ashkenazi's appointment. It said that Ashkenazi was the son of a Bulgarian Holocaust survivor who emigrated to Israel after World War II. "There are many Bulgarian Jews or their descendants who have served in the Israeli Army," the paper said. Though an ally of Germany in the war, Bulgaria did not allow its 50,000 Jews to be deported to Nazi death camps. After Israel was formed in 1948, Bulgarian authorities allowed 45,000 Jews to immigrate to the country.

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