Ashkenazi: No tolerance for delinquency

IDF chief of staff speaks at commanders' course after two officers flout army protocol in one week.

gabi ashkenazi 248 88 (photo credit: IDF Spokesperson)
gabi ashkenazi 248 88
(photo credit: IDF Spokesperson)
IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi spoke at a graduation ceremony for senior commanding officers Wednesday evening, hours after it was revealed that a top IDF officer was suspended for allegedly letting his wife drive an army vehicle. The suspension of Col. Yisrael Danieli came ust days after Brig.-Gen. Imad Faris resigned from the army after lying in a car accident report. Danieli, suspected of letting his friends and relatives use army equipment, was suspended for sixty days at the recommendation of Maj.-Gen. Avi Zamir. At the ceremony, Ashkenazi said "I do not have in me even a single gram of tolerance for cases such as these," adding that "any delinquent, improper behavior [on the part of IDF officers] should be uprooted." The chief of staff said the recent cases were being investigated and the military was "intent on dealing with them." "The severity [of these cases] obligates us to check ourselves, deal with this issue in all its parameters." Ashkenazi also said that commanding officers should "encourage in our troops the recognition that [reporting misconduct] is not squealing but the duty of every soldier and officer, a duty which can improve life in the units." Ashkenazi praised Faris, who resigned on Saturday, saying that Faris did his best for the country during long years of service, but emphasized: "His impressive record cannot allow us to ignore the severity of what he did." The IDF chief of staff explained: "our subordinates and colleagues expect more." Ashkenazi said Faris's prompt resignation was done in "the proper and correct way." On Tuesday, during a tour of the Hatzerim IAF base, Ahkenazi said "Imad erred badly, and he knows it. It is sad, but I think Imad took the right course of action."