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        12/6/2013, Tevet 3, 5774

      Ya'alon: Danny Matt a Symbol of Beautiful Israel

      Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon eulogized General (reserves) Danny Matt, Friday morning by saying "Danny was an icon for me and many of my generation; a fighter, a commander and a man who belonged to the generation of giants of Israel, in the chain of those who assured our lives here in this country."

      Recalling Matt's role as his commander in Israel's crossing of the Suez Canal and siege of Suez City in the Yom Kippur as part of decades of combat and non-combat service, Ya'alon said, "There's no doubt in my mind that Danny was involved in shaping the IDF as we know it today , building the heritage and ethos by which its commanders are working on these days." Referring to Matt's efforts as the soldier's ombudsman and chairman of the LIBI soldiers' benevolent fund, he described him as "the beautiful land of Israel in the fullest meaning of the word".