(photo credit: IDF Spokesperson)
Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak were
expected to nominate General Benny Gantz to the position of IDF chief of general staff on Sunday instead of appointing Maj.-Gen. Yair Naveh as the
temporary chief of staff, Israel media sources reported on Saturday.
Barak has not announced the candidate himself, defense officials have
been quoted as saying that Gantz, former deputy chief of staff, would be
the top nominee.
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told Israel Radio on Saturday that Maj.-Gen. Yoav Galant's nomination
must first be canceled before new candidates can be nominated, and that
new nominations would then be passed for confirmation to the Senior
Appointments Committee, headed by retired judge Ya'akov Turkel.
has a long and far ranging military career, most recently serving as OC
Northern Command in 2001, and Israel's military attache in the United
States from 2005 to 2009, after which he became deputy chief of staff.
Maj.-Gen. Yoav Galant, who until recently was in line to take
the position, has still not given up on his nomination and has requested
that his name not be excluded from the list of candidates to be
In an interview with Channel 2 news on Saturday, Galant said that the
government had made his appointment and that the logical thing to do was
to return his nomination to the Turkel committee for considerations.