Defense Minister Ehud Barak approved on Monday a recommendation to appoint Maj.-Gen. Gadi Eizenkot to the position of deputy IDF chief of staff.

IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz had suggested Eizenkot’s appointment.

The 52-year-old will replace Maj. Gen. Yair Naveh, though the date for the replacement has not yet been set.

Barak reserved his blessing until after he received the final version of the State Comptroller’s Report into the Harpaz affair, which centers on a fake document allegedly drawn up by former intelligence officer, Lt.-Col. (res.) Boaz Harpaz, to damage the reputations of senior IDF officers who were contending for the post of chief of staff in 2010.

After seeing that Eizenkot was not mentioned in the comptroller’s final report, Barak approved the appointment.

Eizenkot has previously served as military secretary to the president and defense minister, commander of the Judea and Samaria Division, OC Northern Command, and head of the Operations Branch.

Earlier, he held various command positions in the Golani Brigade as squad commander, platoon commander and company commander, before becoming Golani’s operations officer, the commander of the Orev platoon, commander of Battalion 13, and deputy to the commander of the brigade. He then became commander of Golani.

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