Eisenkot, Kochavi visit Western Wall, Mt. Herzl after transfer of title

Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi officially took the reins as IDF chief on Tuesday.

January 15, 2019 13:07
Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi (C-L) and Maj. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot (C-R) pray at the Western Wall

Incoming Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi (C-L) and outgoing Maj. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot (C-R) pray at the Western Wall after a ceremonious transfter of power between the two, January 15th, 2019. (photo credit: IDF SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)


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Maj. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot and new IDF Chief of Staff Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi visited Har Herzl, home to Israel's military cemetery, and the Western Wall in Jerusalem after a ceremony transferring power between the two in Tel Aviv on Tuesday.

Outgoing chief Eisenkot said at the ceremony that Israel's enemies have become more complex, but that the IDF is more sophisticated than ever before and prepared for the challenges. "The IDF is Israel's most precious asset," Eisenkot said.


Kochavi said in his appointment ceremony the IDF was "ready for all tasks" set for it by the defense establishment and Israel.

"I swear again," Kochavi closed his speech on Tuesday, drawing parallel to the phrase new soldiers swear by at their oath of alleigance ceremony. Kochavi said he was accepting the position with a "holy awe."

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