Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Sunday praised outgoing army Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz for his long years of dedicated service to Israel.
"Lt. Gen. Halutz is one of the greatest and bravest warriors of Israel over the last 40 years. He was one of the greatest fighter pilots in air force history and led its fighters on its boldest missions," Olmert said.
"We will still find the way for the government of Israel and state of Israel to thank him for his many years of service. From here and in the name of the government I send him a warm hug and deep appreciation."
Olmert also said he would quickly move to appoint a successor.