Hirsch to leave IDF following Almog report results

IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz decided on Monday night to discontinue former Galilee Division commander Brig.-Gen. Gal Hirsch's service in the IDF, based on the findings of a military probe into the kidnapping of reservists Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev this past summer. After receiving the final report from the investigation committee, headed by Maj.-Gen. (res.) Doron Almog, Halutz rejected an appeal made by Hirsch at the beginning of the month to retract his resignation. The initial report was presented on November 12, at which time Almog blamed Hirsch and Division 91 for the July 12 kidnapping of the two reservists by Hizbullah combatants. Hirsch submitted his resignation from the IDF hours before the report came out, but changed his mind afterwards and appeared before a military panel to defend his position.