Major General Gadi Shamni, who is currently the Israeli Military Attaché in Washington, DC, will be retiring from active military service shortly.
Shamni asked Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, to accept his request to be discharged from the army, and Gantz approved the request. Shamni has been in uniform for 35 years.
Shamni served as Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's military secretary, and previously as Head of Central Command, Head of the General Staff's Operations Division, Chief Infantry and Paratrooper Officer, Commander of Gaza Division and more.
When he served as Head of Central Command, Shamni was not popular with Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria. At one point in 2008, a group of ten Jews led by mega-activists Itamar Ben Gvir and Noam Federman was arrested when it tried to demonstrate near Shamni's home aganst his policies.
A court later determined that the members of the group were to be compensated financially for being falsely arrested.