The IDF’s senior commanders, including Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, joined Chief Warrant Officer Yitzhak Taito in marking his 70th birthday. Taito is an Israeli legend, holding the record for the oldest officer currently in the IDF, having enlisted in 1959.
Lt. Gen. Gantz also awarded Taito a certificate of special recognition, thanking him for his 52 years of service. “Throughout my years of service, I was driven by my sense of personal mission and faith,” said a clearly emotional Taito. “I love my work and my soldiers…This is worth much more than money, in my opinion.”