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        11/26/2011, Cheshvan 29, 5772

      Swiss Chief of Staff in Israel for Working Visit


      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.