The Chief of the Swiss Armed Forces, Lt. Gen. André Blattman, arrived in Israel today (Saturday) as a guest of the Chief of General Staff of the IDF, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz.
During the visit, Lt. Gen. Blattman will meet with his counterpart, Lt. Gen. Gantz, as well as the Minister of Defense, Mr. Ehud Barak. In addition, he will receive a number of briefings from IDF officers, focusing on mutual issues faced by both armies, with a particular emphasis on reserve service.
Lt. Gen. Blattman will visit the Southern Command, tour a UAV squadron, and see an “Arrow” ballistic missile defense battery. He will also tour Jerusalem and visit the “Yad Vashem” Holocaust History Museum.
This is Lt. Gen. Blattman’s first visit to Israel. Coming one year after the visit of the Swiss Minister of Defense, this visit reflects the strong existing security relations between the Israeli and Swiss Defense establishments.