The singing general

March 14, 2016 by J-Wire Staff
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Recently retired IDF Chief of Staff, Benny Gantz visiting Sydney for the 2016 UIA Campaign is an accomplished singer and approached the Young Leadership executive about performing at their event.

Benny Gantz sings

Benny Gantz sings

Wanting to make the most of this opportunity, they approached well-known local performer Ilan Kidron, lead singer of the Potbelleez, who immediately volunteered to join Gantz on stage.

Ilan Kidron

Ilan Kidron

At the conclusion of a moving and inspirational presentation, Israeli Journalist Yoav Limor interrupted Joshua Biggs, Chairman of Young Major Donors, asked Benny to remain on stage welcoming Ilan to join them on stage for a surprise performance.

A spokesperson for UIA told J-Wire: “Gantz and Kidron brought pure ruach and soul to the event with an uplifting rendition of ‘Od Yavo Shalom Aleinu’. Members of the UIA executive and staff joined them on stage and the energy reverberated around the room. This was followed by Hatikvah. What a conclusion to an incredible campaign from UIA!”

On Yom Ha’atzmaut it’s a tradition that soldiers in the IDF Choir sing with the Chief of Staff.


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