A day after ousting a star officer and former Gaza Division commander
Brig.-Gen. Moshe 'Chico' Tamir from the IDF, Chief of General Staff
Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi showed the door to another senior officer who
violated IDF ethical codes.
The officer, Col. Yisrael Danieli,
former deputy commander of the 80th Division along the Egyptian border,
was forced into early retirement on Monday for a number of
irregularities, including allowing non-military personnel to drive his
Ashkenazi’s decision to remove Danieli came a
day after he informed Tamir that he would not be appointed to another
post in the IDF. In June, Tamir was demoted to the rank of colonel
after he lied in a car accident report, stating that he was the driver
of an ATV that was involved in an accident when it had actually been
driven by his 14-year-old son. In an appeal, the demotion was
overturned but his conviction remained in place.
On Monday, defense officials and IDF officers noted that Tamir was an
exemplary officer whose absence would be felt by the IDF but that
Ashkenazi’s decision sent an important message that unethical behavior
would not be tolerated within military ranks.
questioned the timing of Ashkenazi’s decision, some three months after
the demotion of Tamir was overturned by a military court. One
possibility raised was that Ashkenazi’s decision to expel Tamir was
actually directed at another high-ranking officer, Brig.-Gen. Imad
Faris, former commander of the Galilee Division, who had left the army
under similar circumstances but had recently asked to return.