Former IDF chief of staff Moshe Levy dies, aged 72

Former IDF chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Moshe Levy died in Tel Aviv on Tuesday morning, a week after suffering a stroke. He was 72 years old. Levy, who was known as "Moishe-and-a-Half" due to his height, was the 12th IDF chief of staff. He commanded the IDF in the aftermath of the First Lebanon War. Former chief of General Staff MK Amnon Lipkin-Shahak told Israel Radio that Levy rebuilt and restored the IDF after the war. He was also the first chief of staff to have joined the regular IDF, rather than the different underground Jewish organizations during the British mandate. After his retirement, Levy returned to kibbutz Beit Alfa. His last public post was chairman of the board of the Route 6 Company.