OC Southern Command Maj.-Gen. Yoav Galant announced Sunday his intention to remain in the IDF despite being passed over by Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi in the race to become the next deputy chief of staff.
Galant met with Ashkenazi Sunday afternoon and said that he would like to remain in the IDF until the race begins to replace Ashkenazi, who will finish his four-year term in 2011. Galant will remain in the Southern Command.
On Friday, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Ashkenazi decided to appoint Maj.-Gen. Benny Gantz as the next deputy chief of staff. The two other contenders for the post were OC Northern Command Maj.-Gen. Gadi Eizenkot, who will remain in his position for another year, and Galant.
Ashkenazi and Barak also decided to appoint Brig.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi as the next head of Military Intelligence after Maj.-Gen. Amos Yadlin completes his term next year. Kochavi, former head of the Gaza Division, is currently head of the IDF Operations Directorate.