The Legal Forum for Israel on Wednesday night filed a petition to the High Court of Justice to block the appointment of Maj. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot to the post of Deputy Chief of Staff of the IDF.

Eizenkot's name was put forward on Sunday following approval by Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

The petition said that it was not against Eizenkot, but against Barak's decision to push the appointment through on the eve of elections against the directive of Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein not to make major decisions during the election period.

The Forum also expressed disappointment with Weinstein that he had not taken legal action against Barak for violation of his instruction and that he had merely asked Barak for clarifications.

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