IDF chief Gantz set to make historic visit to China (JERUSALEM POST) By YAAKOV KATZ 05/17/12)
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IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz will make a historic visit to
Beijing next week for high-level talks with the Chinese defense
Gantz will leave Israel on Saturday night. He will be the guest of
Gen. Chen Bingde, chief of the General Staff of the People’s
Liberation Army, who visited Israel last August. It was the first
time that a Chinese military chief visited the country.
During the trip, Gantz will meet with senior Chinese military
officers and visit a number of bases. The visit was approved by
Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Israel has also updated the United
Last June, Barak visited China in what was the first visit of an
Israeli defense minister to the country in a decade.
Since 2010, Israel has significantly upgraded its attacked. It was
known but it did not turn into a public discussion and that should be
the case here as well,” he said.
During the interview, Nehushtan warned that Israel’s air superiority
was increasingly undermined by the proliferation of sophisticated
surface-to-air missile systems throughout the region – in Syria,
Lebanon, the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula.
“The IAF needs to be ready to fly in places where there is a threat
to its superiority,” he said “This is the case already now and
therefore when we approach a front like Lebanon or Gaza we will first
look at the intelligence, then study the threats and then think about
the best way to carry out our missions.” (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem
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