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      Media Campaign Fails; Religious Officer to Head Security Council

      Netanyahu ignores leftist media campaign and appoints national religious IDF officer Yaakov Amidror as National Security Council head.
      By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
      First Publish: 3/9/2011, 3:35 PM / Last Update: 3/9/2011, 4:51 PM

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      Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has ignored a media campaign launched by leftists and appointed National Religious IDF officer Major-General Yaakov Amidror as head of the National Security Council on Wednesday.

      The Cabinet is expected approve the appointment without significant opposition.

      One article in the Ha’aretz newspaper charged that Amidror could not serve in the position because, as a religious officer, he would not be available on the Sabbath and Jewish holidays.

      Amidror, a former head of the IDF Intelligence, noted in response that he had worked “24/7” in previous positions and that it is offensive to claim that a Sabbath-observing Jew cannot serve in a senior post.

      In response to other negative comments from leftists and Israeli media personalities, Armidor accused the media of trying to spill blood.

      In 2005,  as head of IDF Intelligence, Armidor warned that the expulsion of Jews from Gush Katif and the withdrawal of the IDF from the area would endanger all of Israel due to rocket attacks from terrorists in Gaza.

      Amidror began his military career as a paratrooper in 1967 and later became Military Secretary to the Defense Minister and Commander of the IDF Military Colleges, in addition to his post as head of Intelligence.

      After his discharge from the IDF, Armidor continued in a variety of roles concerning security and also served as Vice President of the Lander Institute in Jerusalem.

      He has published two books in the field of intelligence and security, and numerous articles in both professional journals and the press.