“The IDF, as a large, strong and deterring army which draws on its physical and morale strength, is the force that stands prepared against all of our enemies and those who seek to harm us. It is the force that when required, will prevent tragedies, like the one commemorated by this arch.”
The IDF Chief arrived in Italy this morning [July 19] on the start of an official visit to meet his Italian counterpart, Chief of the Italian Defense Staff General Vincenzo Camporini, and his senior aids. The two sides discussed the enhancement and expansion of cooperation between the two armies and the challenges that they face on various fronts. Among the discussions are expected to be [talks regarding] the war against the Taliban in Afghanistan and Hizbullah's continued activities in southern Lebanon where Italian soldiers are serving as part of the current UNIFIL force. Lt. General Ashkenazi thanked General Camporini for the Italian government's assistance and support for Israel in light of the recent campaign to delegitimize the IDF and the Zionist movement.
Posted on July 21, 2010
Source: (By Edgar Asher, Isranet, July 19, 2010)
Photo Credit: Isranet
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