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      Netanyahu Extends Chief of Staff’s Term

      Prime Minister accepts Defense Minister Yaalon’s recommendation to keep Gantz on for another year.
      By Maayana Miskin
      First Publish: 9/12/2013, 2:19 PM

      IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz
      IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz
      Israel news photo: Flash 90

      Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has accepted the recommendation of Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon to extend IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz's term by one year.

      The decision will be submitted for the Cabinet’s approval at its next meeting, which is scheduled for Tuesday of next week.

      Netanyahu met with Gantz on Wednesday night and informed him of his decision.

      Netanyahu said, “Over the past three years, Chief of Staff Gantz has led the IDF, with impressive success, in the face of some of the most complex security challenges that the State of Israel has faced. Benny Gantz has led the IDF with values, professionalism and achievements.

      “I, the Defense Minister, the Chief of Staff and the heads of the security establishment work together day and night for the security of Israel's citizens and for building up the strength – and assuring the future of – the State of Israel."

      Yaalon praised Gantz’s record as well.

      “Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz has led the IDF over the past two-and-a-half years and has led it to successes, most of which I cannot detail, but which have allowed Israel's citizens to continue with their daily routines and the State of Israel to continue to flourish and prosper.

      “During a period in which the Middle East has undergone storms of unprecedented magnitude, and as we face severe and unprecedented challenges from new and far, I believe that Chief of Staff Gantz is the right man in the right place at the right time,” he continued.

      “Chief of Staff Gantz has professionalism, determination, responsibility and a pleasant manner. I am certain that in his fourth year in office, he will continue to lead the IDF as a strong, advanced, powerful and deterring military that allows us as decision-makers to lead the State of Israel with responsibility and sagacity toward security and success in all areas of life,” Yaalon concluded.