IDF Chief Gantz Celebrates Independence Day With Dina Aliyev
A moving moment marked the top of Tuesday morning’s “Singing Independence” ceremony at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem. Chief of Staff Lt. Benny Gantz spent a few moments meeting with Dina Aliyev, a member of the IDF who has cerebral palsy. The two talked for a few moments and thanked one another for the opportunity.
The event honored 120 outstanding soldiers and officers, and commenced with an honorary flyover by IAF helicopters. The soldiers were selected for meaningful service and extraordinary contribution to the IDF and the State of Israel.
Gantz told those in attendance: “The real Iron Dome is this wonderful group [of soldiers] that is here today at the President’s Residence. This group represents the leading doers, the elite.”
President Shimon Peres also spoke and praised the soldiers, saying, “you are Israel’s army of peace! Without you, Israel would not have been safe. With you, Israel will know peace.”
Watch a video of Chief of Staff Lt. Benny Gantz meeting Dina Aliyev below (Hebrew-only):