(photo credit: Channel 10)
Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi will begin his farewell
tour of the IDF on Tuesday with a visit to the Home Front Command where he will
speak with commanders.
Ashkenazi will officially step down on February 15
and will be replaced by Maj.-Gen. Yoav Galant, the former head of the Southern
Command, assuming that the High Court of Justice does not torpedo the
appointment over a petition it is currently hearing regarding allegations that
he illegally seized state land near his home in Moshav Amikam.
over the next month, will visit most of the IDF’s various branches and units to
bid them farewell after four years as head of the military. His term, mostly
known for the rehabilitation process he initiated following the Second Lebanon
War and the increased training, has been overshadowed by the recent Galant
Meanwhile on Monday, Ashkenazi and the rest of the
General Staff met with outgoing Mossad chief Meir Dagan who was replaced last
week by Tamir Pardo, his former deputy.
“You led the Mossad during a
challenging period and you made a unique contribution, most of which is
unknown,” Ashkenazi told Dagan, who served as head of the Mossad for just over
Cooperation between the IDF and the Mossad has significantly
increased in recent years under Ashkenazi and Dagan’s terms as head of their
One instance was during the bombing of the
Syrian reactor in 2007, during which both the IDF and the Mossad reportedly
played key roles.
“In the past few years we have worked closely together
out of an understanding that we serve the same purpose – ensuring Israel’s
security and safety,” Ashkenazi said.