(photo credit: IDF Spokesperson’s office)
The government on Sunday voted to cancel Maj.-Gen. Yoav Galant's appointment to IDF chief of General Staff.
Infrastructure Minister Uzi Landau was the only minister to vote against the cancellation
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Defense Minister Ehud Barak was expected to appoint Maj.-Gen. Benny Gantz to IDF chief of General Staff instead of Galant.
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday said that he knows that Galant has "undergone not simple experiences in recent months"
and that he understands the "depth of his disappointment" in the wake of the
cancellation of his appointment to IDF chief of General Staff.
at the weekly cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said that Galant is "a seasoned fighter with experience, who contributed greatly to the security of the state."
The prime minister also addressed his decision to appoint Maj.-Gen. Benny Gantz
to IDF chief of General Staff, saying, "The stability of the IDF
is always important, but it is much more important now given the deep
shocks in our region. The IDF needs stability; therefore, over the
weekend, I determined, along with Defense Minister Ehud Barak,
to decide regarding the appointment of the next IDF chief of staff."
Sunday morning, the High Court of Justice rejected an appeal by Galant,
in which he requested to freeze the appointment process for the
position while his petition to the High Court against the cancellation
of his appointment as IDF chief was being discussed.
requested that the court issue an order that will freeze the appointment
process, giving the Turkel Comittee a second opportunity to discuss his
Galant wrote in his petition to the High Court that
the government does not have the authority to cancel his appointment.
The authority to cancel or approve appointments to the position lies
solely with the Turkel Committee, according to the petition.
Eliakim Rubinstein did not issue an interm order which would have
frozen the process and said that Galant's claim against the cancellation
of his appointment will be brought before High Court justices on
Under the ruling, the appointment of Gantz will be allowed to continue, while Galant's petition will be debated.
"The attorney-general will clarify to the government that the petition is pending," Rubinstein said.
the race to replace Lt.- Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, Gantz originally lost out
to Galant, who has since been forced to forfeit his nomination due to
the land affair connected to his home in the town of Amikam in northern
Gantz’s appointment will first be presented to
the Turkel Committee and, if cleared, will be presented to the cabinet
for final approval.