Former deputy chief of staff Yair Naveh of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) withdrew, Thursday, from consideration for the post of Chairman of Israel Military Industries (IMI). He told Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon he will be a candidate for chief of staff and wants to avoid any suspicion of conflict of interest.
A government committee which examines appointments to government companies had already disqualified Naveh, defining him as an IDF man who would be loaned to IMI. Ya'alon expressed regret at Naveh's decision, saying Naveh has the necessary skills. Ya'alon will offer a new candidate in the coming weeks.