IDF Spokeswoman will step down this summer

After leading the IDF's public relations campaign during the Second Lebanon War, IDF Spokeswoman Brig.-Gen. Miri Regev will step down from her post by the beginning of the summer and is expected to resign from military service. Regev, 42 and the mother of three, has served in the IDF in a variety of posts. In 2004, she was appointed Chief Media Censor and in June 2005 she was appointed by then-chief of staff Lt.-Gen. (ret.) Dan Halutz to her current position. Regev was responsible for formulating and directing the IDF's "open media" policy during the war this past summer. Throughout her two-year tenure, she has come under particularly harsh criticism by the foreign press for centering much of her attention on the domestic media. Regev, whose English is not fluent, has rarely interviewed with international media outlets.