Former IDF Brig.-Gen Gal Hirsch on Wednesday blasted the military's senior command for their conduct during the Second Lebanon War, including former IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz, stating that there were "serious ethical problems" among high ranking officials at the time.
Speaking at a conference held at Bar Ilan University, Hirsch heavily criticized his former commanders during the 2006 conflagration, saying that he was "surprised by their conduct" in which there was constant "character assignation" as they were orchestrating the fight.
"In this war there were a number of very serious issues of ethics among the top brass," Hirsch said, including a "lack of collegiality and camaraderie."
The most difficult thing you need to remember, Hirsch continued, was for senior commanders to maintain the army's values and ethics.
Hirsch at the time was in charge of the IDF’s Division 91 (the Galilee Formation) and was the subject of criticism as two reservists from his command were kidnapped and killed by Hezbollah, triggering the campaign.
In response to Hirsh's criticism, Hulutz told Channel 2 that "battles among generals behind the scenes was not uncommon.. but they were more visible" to the general public, thus creating a larger impact.
Hulutz added that a "lack of congeniality was not harmful" to those in the IDF's senior command.