Thus says the Lord God: I will take the people of Israel, Ezekiel 37:21

7/19/10 Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi said in his speech at the Arch of Titus, “Despite all the misery and horrible tragedies that struck us since the destruction of the Second Temple and our exile, the Jewish People were able to re-establish their national independence in 1948. (Eze 37:21Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will take the people of Israel from the nations among which they have gone, and will gather them from all around, and bring them to their own land. 22And I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel) The Israel Defense Forces, which I’m proud to head, carries the responsibility for the security of this independence.”  (v23 and I will be their God)

“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”. (Zech 12:8; “On that day the Lord will protect the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the feeblest among them on that day shall be like David, and the house of David shall be like God, like the angel of the Lord, going before them.) Earlier Monday, he met with his Roman counterpart, Chief of Defense Staff of Italy, General Vincenzo Camporini.

Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi also met with the Italian General Staff and discussed expansion of cooperation between the two armies on the war on terror, urban warfare, maritime fighting and aerial fighting. He thanked his host “for the Italian government’s assistance and support for Israel in light of the recent campaign to delegitimize the IDF and the Zionist movement”.

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