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Gabi Ashkenazi called OC Southern Command Maj. Gen. Yoav Galant on
Sunday to congratulate him on Defense Minister Ehud Barak's
recommendation to appoint him as the IDF's 20th chief of staff.
offered Galant his full support, according to an IDF Spokesperson's
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Ashkenazi also called the other candidates for the
position to ask them
to continue to work for the benefit of the IDF and their country.
the defense minister's announcement, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
praised both Barak and Galant, saying: "This is the correct choice, that
will return stability to the army."
The defense minister
finished interviewing the candidates for the job - Deputy Chief of Staff
Maj.-Gen. Benny Gantz, OC Northern Command Maj.-Gen. Gadi Eizenkot, OC
Central Command Maj.-Gen. Avi Mizrachi, and the IDF's attaché in
Washington DC Maj.-Gen. Gadi Shamni - a few days ago. Barak requested
that all of them remain in the IDF.
"Galant is an experienced
officer with varied operational experience, leadership skills and the
ability to lead the IDF in the challenges it and the State of Israel
face," Barak said.
Galant's appointment is expected to be
approved by the government next week.
Galant has not
implicated in the "Galant Document" scandal, in which a forged press
release claimed that the general planned a smear campaign against the
current IDF chief of staff and other high-ranking officers in order to
improve his chances of being appointed as Ashkenazi's replacement
on Sunday, meanwhile, Army Radio reported that Ashkenazi has a close
relationship with Lt.-Col. (res.) Boaz Harpaz, who is suspected of forging the "Galant Document."
to reports, Harpaz was a young officer when Ashkenazi was the commander
of the Golani brigade, and the two maintained a friendship since then.
The chief of staff also testified in Harpaz's favor when he was
suspected of damaging information security when he served in Army
Intelligence. Harpaz was thrown out of intelligence due to the