IDF Major-General Benny Ganz, the Deputy Chief of Staff, will retire Thursday after 33 years of military service. He will be replaced by Major-General Yair Naveh.
Ganz admitted Wednesday that he was disappointed at losing out to Major-General Yoav Galant for the position of IDF Chief of General Staff. “I can't say I wasn't disappointed not to get the position after all the other positions I've held, but [Defense Minister Ehud] Barak has the right to choose whomever he pleases,” he said. He wished Galant luck in his new job.
He made reference to the “Harpaz affair,” in which a document was released proportedly revealing a campaign by Galant to discredit Ganz as the two vied for the Chief of Staff post. The document was later found to have been forged by a former officer, Boaz Harpaz, who wanted Galant to be chosen.
The incident does not reflect the nature of the IDF, said Ganz. In the IDF “there are commanders working every day, every hour. There are soldiers in the field, fighting troops and pilots doing top-notch work,” he said.
On the subject of the Iranian threat, Ganz said, “Iran threatens the entire region, and the entire world... Iran is an issue that challenges not only Israel, but all its neighbors.” He declined to comment on Stuxnet, the computer virus that is rumored to have caused major delays in Iran's nuclear program and whose source is as yet unknown.