IDF Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi Holds Meetings in NATO Conference

IDF Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi (R) and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of the United States Military, Admiral Michael G. Mullen (L) held a meeting in Brussels( Jan 27) . During the meeting they discussed the events currently taking place in the Middle East and addressed the mutual strategic and security concerns to both countries and militaries. This evening, Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi and his wife will also meet for dinner with USEUCOM Commander, Admiral James G. Stavridi. ( Photo: Ron Sachss / IDF )

Jan 27 (KATAKAMI.COM) — Earlier today (Thursday) the IDF Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of the United States Military, Admiral Michael G. Mullen held a meeting in Brussels. During the meeting they discussed current events in the Middle East and addressed the mutual strategic and security concerns to both countries and militaries.

This evening, Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi and his wife will also meet for dinner with USEUCOM Commander, Admiral James G. Stavridis.

The IDF Chief of Staff, left for Brussels on Tuesday (Jan. 25th) for a two day work visit. During the visit, Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi has participated in a conference of the Chiefs of Defense of NATO member countries, and conducted work meetings with his counterparts from around the world.

Escorting the Chief of the General Staff were his wife Ronit, the IDF Spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Avi Benayahu, Head of the International Military Cooperation Department in the Planning Directorate, Colonel Hani Caspi, Israeli Defense Attache to NATO, Colonel Uri Halperin and Aide-de-Camp, Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Col. Amos HaCohen.

Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi will depart for Israel on Friday morning.  (*)

Souce : IDF

IDF Chief of Staff, Gabi Ashkenazi to NATO: Stop the Spread of Non-Conventional Weapons

FILE : IDF Chief of the General Staff Lieutenant-General Gabi Ashkenazi (L) and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R)observe a military exercise at Elyakim military base near the northern city of Haifa May 11, 2010. REUTERS/Eran Yuppy Cohen/Pool

Jan 26 (KATAKAMI.COM ) — IDF Chief of Staff, Gabi Ashkenazi, spoke on Wednesday at the NATO Conference in Brussels, during a special plenary for the chiefs of staff of the armies of Mediterranean countries.

During his speech Ashkenazi addressed the change in the battlefield as he has seen it during his term as Chief of Staff, which is scheduled to conclude in several weeks.

“Radical regimes and terrorist organizations brought into the battlefield weapons with both high and low technological qualities, cynical use of civilians as human shields, use of global systems of disinformation and more,” said Ashkenazi. “All these have created a significant change on the battlefield.”

Ashkenazi added that “NATO is facing the same challenges in Afghanistan and the Allied Forces are forced to deal with complex strategic, tactical, and logistical issues in different areas.” He noted that he appreciates the work of NATO “which leads more than forty countries in fighting these threats. These joint efforts ensure that the extremists who want to ruin our lives will never be able to do so. If we are to eradicate this phenomenon significantly, we must stand directly against those challenges and overcome the legal, operational and intelligence challenges. We must take advantage of all the means to prevent the spread of non-conventional weapons.”

As this is the last gathering of chiefs of staff that Ashkenazi will participate in, he pointed out that he is “sure that those who come after me will receive a warm welcome from you just like the one I got.” Ashkenazi also said that “I was honored, as I’m sure are those sitting around me, to have lead for many years brave soldiers and officers, and unfortunately, also heroes who fall as they defend our countries.”

Ashkenazi departed on Tuesday for the two day conference of the Chiefs of Defense of NATO member countries, where he is conducting work meetings with his counterparts from around the world. As part of the Conference a ceremonial dinner will be held in the home of the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, Admiral Giampaolo Di Paola, where he will bid a farewell to Ashkenazi.  (*)

Source : Israel National News

IDF Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi Delivers a Speech at the NATO Mediterranean Dialogue

FILE : IDF Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi (left) and United States chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Navy Admiral Mike Mullen at the Pentagon, November 17, 2010. ( Photo by: Embassy of Israel Press Office )


Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi : “Combined efforts ensure that the extremists who wish to destroy our way of life will never succeed in doing so”


Jan 26 (KATAKAMI.COM ) — “Extremist regimes and terrorist organizations have introduced high and low quality weapons, exploitation of civilian human shields and misinformation to the current battlefield.  All these tactics have altered the battlefield as we know it,” said IDF Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi on Wednesday  at the Mediterranean Dialogue, during the NATO conference of the Chiefs of Defense of member countries.

“NATO currently faces the very same challenges in Afghanistan, and its member countries encounter complex strategic, tactical and logistic issues in different arenas of war.”

Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi also noted his deep appreciation of NATO achievements, “under whose command over 40 countries operate united against these terrorist threats. These combined efforts ensure that the extremists who wish to destroy our way of life will never succeed in doing so. If we wish to completely eradicate this phenomenon, we must stand strongly before it, overcome the legal, operational and intelligence obstacles… we must put to use all possible means in order to avoid the dangerous spread of unconventional weapons.”

Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi thanked the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, Admiral Giampaolo Di Paola, and his counterparts for their friendship and partnership.

During the conference, Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi is scheduled to hold work meetings with his military counterparts from around the world.

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Source : IDF

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