The IDF's new Head of Military Intelligence, Major-General Aviv Kochavi, formally entered his new position Monday and was promoted from the rank of brigadier-general.
In a ceremony honoring Kochavi and outgoing MI Chief Maj.-Gen. Amos Yadlin, The IDF's Chief of Staff, Lieutenant-General Gabi Ashkenazi, hailed Yadlin for being an honest person – “an essential trait for any leader and commander, and even more so for the head of Military Intelligence.”
He told Kochavi: "You embody the professionalism that the role requires. You have the tools and the capacity for straightforward thought that will enable you to carry on and lead the organization.”
Maj.-Gen. Kochavi vowed that he will “do everything in order to provide the units with the necessary intelligence... and to make it possible for decision-makers to make the right decisions. We should remember that the supreme test is the test of the result on the field of battle, and the ability to achieve victory.”
Kochavi was born in 1964. He served in various combat roles since his conscription in 1982, mostly as a commander in the Paratrooper Brigade. He commanded the Brigade during the 2003-2004 “Defensive Shield” campaign and was Commander of Gaza Division during the 'Disengagement' – the forcible eviction of thousands of Jews from their homes in the Katif Bloc (Gush Katif).
Toasting the change (L-R): Lt.-Gen. Ashkenazi, Maj.-Gen. Kochavi, Maj.-Gen. Yadlin, Defense Minister Ehud Barak / IDF Spokesman's Unit