Outgoing Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi visited the Binyamin region of the West Bank Sunday as part of his farewell tour of the IDF Central Command.
He had lunch with settler leaders and visited the biblical archeological site at Tel Shilo. Ashkenazi said, "There is no place like this in the world, where we can walk in the paths of our ancestors. Those of us who wear a uniform are a protective wall for the nation's special chain which began in the days of our forefather Abraham."
"I leave today with a sense of great privilege that I was able to serve for 40 years," he said.