Peretz: Delay search for new IDF chief

Former defense minister asks gov't to postpone candidate interviews.

August 20, 2010 09:40
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Amir Peretz

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Labor MK and former defense minister Amir Peretz called on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Bark to delay the search for a replacement for IDF Chief-of-Staff Gabi Ashkenazi by three months, Israel Radio reported on Friday.

Peretz's comment was made in reaction to the public controversy caused by the Channel 2's release of the Galant document, exposing the candidates to replace Ashkenazi to greater public scrutiny.


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Peretz served as defense minister when Ashkenazi was appointed to his current position.

After all the major candidates for the position of IDF Chief of General Staff were cleared of involvement in the "Galant Affair," Defense Minister Ehud Barak announced he will resume the process of finding a replacement for outgoing Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi on Friday.

Barak was scheduled to interview the five leading candidates to fill the IDF's top position: OC Southern Command Maj. Gen. Yoav Galant, OC Northern Command Maj.-Gen. Gadi Eisencott, deputy CGS Maj. Gen. Benny Gantz, OC Central Command Maj.-Gen. Avi Mizrahi and IDF attache in Washington, Gadi Shamni.

The defense minister was also scheduled to meet with Ashkenazi on Friday.

Investigators have confirmed that the “Galant Document,” which has rocked the IDF and the security establishment for two weeks, is a forgery, and are now focusing their probe on tracking down the person who fabricated it, police announced on Thursday evening.

Yaakov Lappin, Yaakov Katz and Dan Izenberg contributed to this report.

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