Bar-Ilan also praised Eisenkot for the release of the The Gideon Plan, a five year plan that helped the IDF avoid cuts and increase its budget to protect Israel.
By law, former IDF generals are prohibited from running for three years after they complete their service.
"Looking at my term as chief of staff three years back, there were many events in which escalation was a hair's breadth from happening," stressed Eisenkot.
Lebanese terror group wanted to send 5,000 fighters to infiltrate into Israel through their cross-border attack tunnels.
Eisenkot said he doesn't want to enter politics, but to serve as research fellow in Washington.
During his tenure, Eisenkot successfully navigated the IDF and the country through several minefields, overcame obstacles and confronted challenges on six fronts.
"He has gone from being Mr. Security to Mr Microphone," Lapid wrote on Twitter.
Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi officially took the reins as IDF chief on Tuesday.
The official ceremony took place in Tel Aviv before he heads to Jerusalem.
The Israeli people got a taste of what an effective PR campaign looks like over the past week, in the run up to the ceremony in Tel Aviv on Tuesday.