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Major General Gadi Eizenkot appointed as 21st Chief of Staff of the Israel Defence Forces

Nov 29, 2014 18:11 IST

Major General Gadi Eizenkot on 29 November 2014 was appointed as the 21st Chief of Staff of the Israel Defence Forces (IDF).

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Eizenkot confirmed his appointment. The Prime Minister and his Cabinet are involved in the selection process of the IDF Chief of Staff. The appointment of Eizenkot was delayed because of Netanyahu's foot-dragging. He succeeded Lt Gen Benny Gantz. He is the current chief of staff of the Israel Defence Forces (IDF).

He is due to step down in February 2015.

Earlier In 1999, Eizenkot was appointed Military Secretary to the Prime Minister and the Defence Minister. He was appointed commander of the Judea and Samaria Division in 2003.Eizenkotalso served as head of the IDF's Operations Directorate in 2005, and in 2006 he assumed command of the Northern sector.

His appointment comes at a time when Israel still deals with the aftermath of a bloody war against militants in Gaza. The West-Bank based Palestinian Authority has stepped-up diplomatic offensive resulting in some of the European countries extending recognition to the Palestinian state.


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