(photo credit: IDF Spokesperson)
The Prime Minister's Office on Thursday praised the Turkel Committee for
approving the appointment of Maj.-Gen. Benny Gantz as the new IDF
chief of General Staff.
A PMO statement said that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyhau is satisfied
with the decision, and believes that Gantz's appointment will "stabilize" the IDF.
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The cabinet is set to ratify the appointment on Sunday.
The Turkel Committee, which vets senior government appointments, said
Wednesday that Gantz "radiates integrity." The committee's opinion
referred to three reservations about the appointment of Gantz: his
involvement in the incident in which IDF soldier Medhat Joseph was
killed at Joseph's tomb, building without permits at his home in Rosh
Ha'ayin, and the claims that he received benefits by changing his
residence to the north as the Northern commander.
After consideration, the
attorney-general found no objections with regards to Gantz's involvement
in the death of Joseph, or the claims that he received benefits when
moving to the North and ruled that although there were discrepancies
concerning the building of his home, they did not impair his capacity
for the job.
Convening Tuesday and Wednesday, the committee heard testimonies from
Defense Minister Ehud Barak, outgoing IDF General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi and Netanyahu.Yaakov Katz and Gil Hoffman contributed to this report.