Daily Israel Report

Amidror in the Lead for Security Advisor Spot

General (res.) Yaakov Amidror is the lead candidate to advise the Prime Minister on matters of national security.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 2/22/2011, 9:39 PM / Last Update: 2/22/2011, 11:13 PM

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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is expected to tap General (res.) Yaakov Amidror as his advisor on matters of national security.

Amidror would replace Dr. Uzi Arad, who stepped down this week after Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman nixed Netanyahu's bid to name him as Ambassador to Britain. Netanyahu's former military secretary, Meir Kalifi, is a candidate to replace Arad as well.

“Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met this evening with General Yaakov Amidror, one of the leading candidates to serve in the position of security advisor,” said a statement from Netanyahu's office. “Netanyahu will meet with other candidates in the upcoming days.”

The Prime Minister will make a final decision within the next several says, officials said.

Amidror has a long military history, and is the former commander of the IDF's National Defense College. He retired from the military in 2002.

In recent years he has served as a top administrator at the Lander Institute (Machon Lander), a Jerusalem college that provides both religious Jewish studies and academic degree programs.

Amidror is considered politically right-wing. While he blames the 2005 Disengagement from Gaza for the rise in Hamas terrorism, he is known to staunchly oppose the refusal of orders, including orders to evict Jewish civilians from their homes in Gaza, Judea and Samaria.