Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon is expected to soon name Deputy Chief of Staff Maj.-Gen. Gadi Eizenkot to succeed Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz atop the IDF.
Eizenkot’s main competition is one of his predecessors as the No. 2 at the General Staff, Maj.-Gen. (res.) Yair Naveh.The prime minister and the cabinet are involved in the selection process as well, but generally speaking, the defense minister gets his pick.