IDF Southern Command gets new leader

Sami Turgeman takes over post; Tamir Yadai appointed to head Judea and Samaria Brigade.

IDF generals 370 (photo credit: IDF Spokesman))
IDF generals 370
(photo credit: IDF Spokesman))
Maj.-Gen. Sami Turgeman officially became the head of the IDF Southern Command on Thursday, replacing Maj.-Gen. Tal Russo at army headquarters in Tel Aviv.
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon praised Russo for his 35 years of service in the military, adding that his management of the recent Operation Pillar of Defense set an example “on how the correct use of force leads in the end to a cease-fire which is better than all the others – even if it is not absolute, as we’ve seen in recent days.”
Ya’alon told Turgeman that he was taking over at a time when Gaza remained unstable and was set to continue being hostile to Israel.
Meanwhile, IDF Central Command chief Maj.-Gen. Nitzan Alon appointed Brig.-Gen.
Tamir Yadai head of the Judea and Samaria Brigade on Thursday. Yadai is replacing Brig.- Gen. Hagai Mordechai, who served in the position for a year and a half.
Alon said Mordechai had served with professionalism, modesty and determination, adding that he had led the division to achieve its objective of defending the Israeli people.
“The threats developing on the ground and the influence of the outside environment add to the mission,” Alon said.