Israel Defense Force Chief-of-Staff Lt. General Benny Gantz visited an army base on Tuesday and thanked the reserve officers and other personnel for their hard work and dedication. Commenting on the new budget cuts which will eliminate some reserve training, he stated "we are blessed with the best quality manpower. It truly is our real strength. All we do here is a privilege." Lt. General Gantz added that the army would meet any and all challenged be they external threats or budgetary constraints.