Defense Minister Ehud Barak approved on Monday a recommendation to appoint
Maj.-Gen. Gadi Eizenkot to the position of deputy IDF chief of staff.
Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz had suggested Eizenkot’s
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.
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.