MembersIDF Soldiers Walk through History

Thousands of soldiers, from the chief of staff to army regulars, now stroll through a piece of history everyday on their way to work.

By Israel Today Staff |
THE PAST MEETS THE PRESENT at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv Photo: IAA/Yoli Shwartz

A new archaeological garden, the largest in Israel, has been installed on the pathway which leads up to the General Staff Headquarters of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) in Tel Aviv. An impressive collection of artifacts uncovered from sites in biblical Israel, including a stone that weighs six tons from the Western Wall in Jerusalem, are on display.

“The Israel Antiquities Authority seeks to expose soldiers—our future generation—to their past,” said IAA director Israel Hasson at the inauguration ceremony. “The exhibition, which we organized in the epicenter of the army, brings a reminder that spans thousands of years of history to the daily life of tens of thousands of soldiers and visitors.”

The ancient stones holding within them the memories of history and faith are sure to stimulate a thought-provoking reflection on the past, present and...

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