Barak: Decision not to extend Ashkenazi's term is right

In television interviews, defense minister defends appointment of Naveh as temp. IDF chief of staff, says ethical matters were part of decision.

Ehud Barak 521 (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Ehud Barak 521
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Wednesday said that he believes he has acted rightly in not extending outgoing IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi's term, after Barak and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu decided to cancel the appointment of Maj-Gen. Yoav Galant to the post.
In interviews with Channel 2 and Channel 10, Barak said the decision was made after deep deliberation and in order to maintain respect for the IDF.
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Although Barak did not go into detail about his decision not to extend Ashkenazi's term, he said that ethical, normative, and professional matters were considered in making the decision.
He also said that Maj.-Gen. Yair Naveh, the current deputy chief of staff who will temporarily replace Ashkenazi until the next chief of general staff is chosen, will have no problem managing the position.
When asked about his tense relationship with Ashkenazi, Barak commented that in professional matters, the two work "the way we should."
Ashkenazi responded to Barak's decision to appoint Naveh as a temporary chief of staff, saying: "This is an abnormal situation. We are going through an unfortunate period right now, but the IDF is strong in the face of these obstacles."