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Incoming IDF chief of General Staff Maj.-Gen. Yoav Galant has tapped a former
general as his deputy in what some defense officials said is a vote of
no-confidence in the current top military brass.
The officer, Maj.-Gen.
(res.) Yair Naveh, last served as OC Central Command and left the military three
years ago. He is currently the CEO of Citypass, the company that is building the
light rail in Jerusalem.
Galant has reportedly spoken with Naveh and
offered him the post, an appointment that would require the approval of Defense
Minister Ehud Barak.
Naveh is a well-respected officer and served a
majority of his career in the Infantry Corps. He was commander of the Golani
Brigade, the Gaza Division and the Home Front Command. During his tenure as OC
Central Command, Naveh oversaw the disengagement in northern Samaria.
left the IDF after current Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi
refused to appoint him his deputy.
Naveh has reportedly conditioned his
return to uniform on his being considered to replace Galant in 2014 when the
latter steps down.
Galant will take over from Ashkenazi in
Other candidates to serve as the next deputy chief of staff are
believed to be OC Central Command Maj.-Gen. Avi Mizrachi and the IDF’s attaché
in Washington, Maj.-Gen. Gadi Shamni.
Mizrachi was reportedly offered the
post but turned it down and asked to be allowed to complete his term in the West
Bank and then retire.
The appointment of Naveh would help Galant make an
effective transfer of authority when he takes up his post in five months. While
Galant has spent a significant part of his career in the ground forces, he is a
born and bred navy commando and Naveh – an experienced infantry commander –
would assist him in stabilizing the army.