Lieutenant General André Blattmann, the chief-of-staff of the Swiss armed forces, arrived in Israel, Saturday, for a working visit of a few days as guest of Israeli Chief-of-Staff Benny Gantz. Blattman's meetings with Lieutenant-General Gantz and Defense Minister Ehud Barak will focus on common challenges, principally in the field of reserve duty.
The visitor will receive a review of developments in the region and be taken to the Southern Command, a base for pilotless aircraft and an installation of the Chetz (Arrow) anti-missile system. As part of his first visit to Israel, he will also visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial institution in Jerusalem. A week ago, he visited Kuwait.