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Defense Minister Amir Peretz told the cabinet on Sunday that the appointment of Maj.-Gen. (reserves) Yom-Tov Samia to special adviser to OC Southern Command Maj.-Gen. Yoav Galant was never brought before him or Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz for authorization.
Samia was apparently drafted to reserve duty, but it was unclear who drafted him to the position.
Samia told Israel Radio earlier Sunday that "even during Oslo - with the Leftists, extremists and the biggest proponents for the Palestinian cause - even according to all agreements during Oslo, the Philadelphi Route and the Jordan [Valley] were under no circumstances supposed to be handed over to the Palestinians, because they bordered with a third country."
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When asked if it was possible for Israel to turn back the clock, Samia said that it was not only possible, "it is crucial" for the IDF to return to the strategic road on the Gaza-Egypt border.
According to the IDF, Samia is a reservist in the Southern Command, a talented professional, who is familiar with the Command and is helping the Command in various fields, but that the issue of his reported appointment to Deputy OC Southern Commander was still pending official approval.
Interior Minister Roni Bar-On demanded to understand how a general in reserves had returned to uniform and was making political statements without being reprimanded.
According to Israel Radio, Peretz told the cabinet that he had ordered Halutz to summon Samia for clarification regarding his comments.
The Defense Minister also said he sees in a grave light recent comments by other senior officers in the media regarding the IDF's operational plans.
Meanwhile, Shas chairman Eli Yishai told the cabinet that due to the large increase of weapon smuggling along Philadelphi, the route must be reoccupied.
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