Ex-Gaza Division chief ousted from IDF

Ashkenazi decides on harsh treatment for Tamir, who let son drive IDF buggy.

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March 1, 2010 03:34
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Moshe 'Chico' Tamir.

Moshe 'Chico' Tamir 311. (photo credit: Channel 2)

Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi informed Brig.-Gen. Moshe (Chico) Tamir, the former head of the Gaza Division, on Sunday that he would not appoint him to a new position in the IDF.

The decision effectively ousts Tamir from the army. Ashkenazi met Sunday with Tamir and informed him of the decision, the IDF said.

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Tamir, 45, had been waiting for a new appointment following his conviction last year for permitting his 14-year-old son to drive an IDF dune buggy and then attempting to cover up his subsequent accident.


A military court accepted Tamir’s appeal against his conviction in November, and overruled a decision to demote him to the rank of colonel. The court recommended, however, that he not be promoted for a period of two years.

Tamir is considered one of the IDF’s best field commanders with an exemplary combat career in the Golani Brigade. He served as commander of the Gaza Division until several months before Operation Cast Lead last year.

Military sources said Ashkenazi had decided to send a clear message that the IDF would not tolerate “breaking the rules” of acceptable conduct, even by top officers. But they noted that Tamir’s departure would be a loss for the army.


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