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A delegation of senior officers of Israel’s Home Front Command, led by Major General Eyal Eizenberg, visited Chicago last week as guests of the Illinois National Guard.

IDF Home Front commander in Illinois. Photo: Illinois National Guard
IDF Home Front commander in Illinois. Photo: Illinois National Guard

Their series of briefings and site visits were designed to expand existing collaboration between the two partners, as well as with other participating law enforcement agencies: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, FBI, Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and the Chicago Police Department.

According to JUF News among other stops, the delegation visited the Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy, the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communication and Rush University Medical Center.

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To conclude the visit, JUF hosted a dinner last night at its headquarters. The commanders of the participating agencies each offered expressions of mutual admiration and commitments to further deepen the meaningful ties between Israel and Illinois security agencies.

Commenting on behalf of the group of senior Israeli officers, Major General Eizenberg said, “The relationship with the Illinois National Guard is of strategic importance to Israel. The ILNG has expertise in specific areas which can benefit Israel’s security.”

Speaking for the Illinois National Guard, Brigadier General Richard Hayes said, “Israel has practical experience in emergency response to armed aggression which the National Guard can learn from. Israel is the United States’ most important strategic partner. This is a mutually beneficial relationship which will increase the effectiveness of both our units to provide better service to our citizens.”