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Galant Will Not Be Chief of Staff; Naveh to Step In

Major-General Yoav Galant will not be the IDF's next Chief of Staff. General Yair Naveh will take the position for 60 days.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 2/1/2011, 8:24 PM / Last Update: 2/1/2011, 8:29 PM

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Major-General Yoav Galant, who was appointed as the next IDF Chief of Staff, will not take the coveted position, Defense Minister Ehud Barak announced Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein informed the High Court of Justice that there are “major issues” with the appointment of Galant, due to allegations that he was involved in questionable land deals at his home of Moshav Amikam.

Barak expressed disappointment that Weinstein had not backed Galant, saying, “Major-General Yoav Galant is the most fitting man to command the army at this time.”

However, after consulting with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Barak stated that Galant's appointment has been canceled.

A statement said, “The Prime Minister and Defense Minister spoke to Major-General Yoav Galant this evening and expressed their respect for him as a commander and a soldier, who was selected as Chief of Staff due to his skills and his achievements. However, in the light of the situation resulting from the Attorney-General's decision, the Prime Minister and Defense Minister reached the conclusion that there is no choice but to cancel the appointment and restart the process of choosing the next Chief of Staff.”

Instead of extending the position of current Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi while renewing the search, Barak selected Major-General Yair Naveh as a temporary Chief of Staff, a move that may fuel rumors that Barak dislikes outgoing IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi.