Otniel Schneller 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
With tensions running high among Israel’s top generals, the Knesset Committee
for Defense Oversight is expected to receive in the coming weeks a report by
State Comptroller Micha Lindenstraus investigating how senior appointments are
made in the IDF.
In advance of the report, and in light of the recent
“Galant Affair” controversy involving the appointment of the next chief of
General Staff, Committee Chairman MK Otniel Schneller (Kadima) called Thursday
for the creation of clearer guidelines for such appointments before the next
round of promotions.
The report is expected to reach Schneller’s
closed-door committee in early September and will be submitted to the
a whole a short time later.
Schneller is a member of the Foreign Affairs
and Defense Committee, which is slated to meet in a closed-door session
to discuss the Galant controversy with top IDF officials as well as with
Speaker Reuven Rivlin (Likud).
Schneller said clear criteria should be
established for determining worthy, qualified candidates for the
post and promised that his secretive oversight committee would hold a
the question of how top IDF appointments are made.
“Before the next round
of appointments, we must determine clear and open criteria that will
mandatory conditions for the appointment of generals, chiefs of staff
deputies. In my opinion, the role of chief of General Staff demands a
has held at least three positions as a general – one of which should be
deputy chief of General Staff,” Schneller said.
“Without relating to the
current candidates, we should avoid appointing a chief of staff who
the government’s military secretary while holding the rank of
“After the comptroller’s report dealing with senior
appointments is submitted to the Knesset, my committee will discuss its
so that the committee’s conclusions can be put into practice during the
round of senior appointments,” Schneller concluded.