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IDF Chief of Staff:

'80% of military objectives achieved, the rest will take time'

Israel is set to deliver a new prisoner exchange agreement proposal to the mediating countries, thought to be one of the most comprehensive plans yet offered.

'80% of military objectives achieved, the rest will take time'

Chief of Staff in Gaza:

'We're ready for dangerous missions to retrieve hostages bodies'

IDF Chief of Staff Halevi visits soldiers in Jabaliya, says military seeks to bring all hostages back alive and to enable burials for those who no longer alive.

'We're ready for dangerous missions to retrieve hostages bodies'

Chief of Staff:

Soldiers in north have 'high level of readiness'

IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi holds situational assessment in northern command after civilian murdered in Hezbollah missile attack.

Soldiers in north have 'high level of readiness'

Chief of Staff:

'We won't let Hamas rebuild'

IDF Chief of Staff Halevi tells soldiers on Independence Day, 'In the last day or two, the number of terrorists eliminated per day has increased, which is important, and we want to return to eliminating many terrorists each day.'

'We won't let Hamas rebuild'

IDF Chief of Staff embraces bereaved families

After the memorial ceremony for casualties of war at the Mount Herzl Military Cemetery, IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi walked through the cemetery and met with bereaved families.

IDF Chief of Staff embraces bereaved families

Memorial Day Statement:

Chief of Staff: 'I am responsible for failures of October 7'

Chief of the General Staff, LTG. Herzi Halevi accepts responsibility in speech at the Memorial Day open ceremony at the Western Wall.

Chief of Staff: 'I am responsible for failures of October 7'

IDF Chief of Staff:

'Our obligation to all is one: to be a shield for our people'

The IDF Spokesperson on Thursday published the statement by Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi commemorating Memorial Day.

'Our obligation to all is one: to be a shield for our people'

Religious general to be discharged after career freeze

The Defense Minister and the Chief of Staff have decided that Brig. Gen. Ofer Winter, who has not held an official position for already a year and a half, will be discharged from the military.

Religious general to be discharged after career freeze

Chief of Staff on Yom Hashoah:

'These days, we are in a war where, at its onset, we failed'

IDF Chief of Staff in statement in honor of Holocaust Memorial Day: "While we fight our just war, let this memory be the source of our strength, and a reminder of the importance of maintaining a protective force for our people."

'These days, we are in a war where, at its onset, we failed'

IDF Chief of Staff to cadets:

'We have achievements against Hamas, but we are not finished'

Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi speaks with cadets as part of the “Joint Services Shabbat” held at the IDF's Officers’ Training School: This is a long war, and we are very determined to continue.

'We have achievements against Hamas, but we are not finished'

IDF Chief of Staff:

'Offensive operation in Gaza will continue with strength'

LTG Herzi Halevi conducted a tour and held a situational assessment at the Lebanese border and spoke with reserve commanders of the "Etzioni" Brigade (6).

'Offensive operation in Gaza will continue with strength'

Report: Chief of Staff to replace resigning leaders this week

Following the resignation of two high-ranking officers, the IDF will be advancing replacements to continue the war effort.

Report: Chief of Staff to replace resigning leaders this week

Israeli official:

ICC warrants against Israelis will not proceed without US support

A source in Israel said that if the US government expresses opposition to issuing arrest warrants against the Prime Minister, Defense Minister, and Chief of Staff, the ICC will not do so.

ICC warrants against Israelis will not proceed without US support

Rafah op. getting closer?

IDF Chief of Staff and ISA Chief visit Cairo

An Israeli source told Reuters that the IDF is prepared to begin operations in Rafah and is waiting for the green light from the political echelon.

IDF Chief of Staff and ISA Chief visit Cairo

Gallant and Chief of Staff:

'Sanctions on Netzach Yehuda - not the right path'

Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant speaks to IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi on US intentions to impose sanctions against the IDF’s “Netzach Yehuda” battalion.

'Sanctions on Netzach Yehuda - not the right path'

Chief of Staff thanks UK army for aid in deflecting Iran attack

'Relationship between the two militaries has strategic importance for maintaining regional stability and security in the Middle East,' IDF stresses.

Chief of Staff thanks UK army for aid in deflecting Iran attack

Chief of Staff:

'Iranian attack created new opportunities for cooperation'

IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi says 'Across the skies of the Middle East, a coalition was activated to counter this attack — marking the start of the IDF’s Operation Iron Shield.'

'Iranian attack created new opportunities for cooperation'

Chief of Staff:

'Iran's missile, UAV attack will be met with response'

IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi visits Netavim airbase days after the base was damaged in Iran's attack over the weekend.

'Iran's missile, UAV attack will be met with response'

Following Iranian attack

Chief of Staff speaks to CENTCOM commander

LG Herzi Halevi thanked General Michael Erik Kurilla and noted that the close cooperation between the two militaries throughout the war has led to the formation of a strong defensive coalition that proved itself last night.

Chief of Staff speaks to CENTCOM commander

IDF Chief of Staff:

'The IDF is strongly prepared against any threat'

Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi completes situational assessment on the readiness of the IDF for all scenarios amid preparations for a possible Iranian attack.

'The IDF is strongly prepared against any threat'

Former Justice Minister:

'Half a year has passed, Chief of Staff must go home'

'I believe and hope that Halevi's resignation will spark a chain reaction, and the entire senior command of the IDF, which is responsible for the failure, will stand up and resign,' former Justice Min. Haim Ramon says.

'Half a year has passed, Chief of Staff must go home'

IDF Chief of Staff:

'War in Gaza continues, and we are far from stopping'

Chief of Staff Halevi addressed the IDF's withdrawal from areas of the Gaza Strip and promised that 'we will continue to act in every way to return all the hostages as quickly as possible.'

'War in Gaza continues, and we are far from stopping'

Chief of Staff:

'Release of hostages is top priority'

IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi visits Khan Yunis, praises troops for successful Shifa Hospital operation.

'Release of hostages is top priority'

Chief of Staff:

'WCK incident shouldn’t have happened'

IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi after preliminary debrief into strike in which seven aid workers were killed: The strike was not carried out with the intention of harming WCK aid workers.

'WCK incident shouldn’t have happened'

Chief of Staff at Shifa:

'This operation achieved its goal'

IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi visits ​​the Shifa Hospital in the Gaza Strip, where IDF forces are still operating to apprehend terrorists.

'This operation achieved its goal'

Halevi to Bedouin soldiers:

'Those who came to attack didn't spare Muslims'

Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi visited the Bedouin Reconnaissance Battalion on the occasion of Ramadan, spoke with the battalion's commanders and soldiers, and heard about their significant efforts during the war.

'Those who came to attack didn't spare Muslims'

Chief of Staff at Shifa:

'We're targeting Hamas leaders, like Marwan Issa'

IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi conducts situational assessment at Shia Hospital, where hundreds of Hamas terrorists have been arrested or killed, hints at elimination of Hamas's number 3.

'We're targeting Hamas leaders, like Marwan Issa'

IDF Chief of Staff:

As soon as it is decided we will act with full force

IDF Chief of Staff Halevi discusses the current situation on all fronts and addresses various cases in which high-ranking commanders were reprimanded.

As soon as it is decided we will act with full force

Chief of Staff on Ramadan:

'We are in a multi-front war'

Chief Staff LTG Herzi Halevi visited the Binyamin region of Judea and Samaria and evaluated the forces' preparedness for Ramadan.

'We are in a multi-front war'

COS reprimands general who criticized politicians

IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi reprimands Brigadier General Dan Goldfus, who took advantage of a press conference to send a message to the government: Acted contrary to what was expected of him.

COS reprimands general who criticized politicians

IDF launches investigation into 10/7 failures

Chief of Staff announces investigation into the failure to predict and prevent the massacre of October 7 in letter to IDF commanders.

IDF launches investigation into 10/7 failures

Senior IDF officer:

'General Staff has forgotten to take responsibility'

Senior officer furious about Chief of Staff decision to appoint IDF colonels during a war – without assuming severe outcome of October 7th.

'General Staff has forgotten to take responsibility'

Head of CENTCOM visited Israel last week

US Central Command says its Commander, Gen. Michael Erik Kurilla, visited the Middle East, including Israel, where he met Defense Minister Gallant and Chief of Staff Halevi.

Head of CENTCOM visited Israel last week

Chief of Staff at scene of attack:

'A greater disaster was averted'

IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi meets Aviad Gizbar who neutralized the terrorist in Eli, and praises his courageous actions.

'A greater disaster was averted'

Chief of Staff:

'Hezbollah will pay a very heavy price'

Chief of the General Staff conducts situational assessment at the northern border. 'We are taking the right steps.'

'Hezbollah will pay a very heavy price'

Report:

Southern Command general canceled vacation on Oct. 6

Due to evidence from the ISA, General Yaron Finkelman and ISA director Ronen Bar both made their way to their headquarters before the invasion, but no additional troops were moved south.

Southern Command general canceled vacation on Oct. 6

Chief of Staff:

'Combat is the most effective tool for negotiations'

Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi says that the continued war in Gaza is the surest way to secure the hostages' release.

'Combat is the most effective tool for negotiations'

Chief of Staff in north:

'There are great achievements striking Hezbollah'

IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi spoke with local leaders in northern Israel and thanked them for their and their constituents' resilience.

'There are great achievements striking Hezbollah'

Chief of Staff warns ministers not to end war

Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi told the general cabinet that he was certain that without military pressure the previous hostage deal would not have been possible.

Chief of Staff warns ministers not to end war

PM Netanyahu:

'Israel must control the area west of the Jordan'

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was briefed on the war in Gaza and said that victory was at arm's reach. 'It will take more time, that was said correctly, but it won't take years, in contrast to what they say.'

'Israel must control the area west of the Jordan'

Ben-Gvir to Chief of Staff:

'Shoot anyone who approaches the fence'

The National Security Minister and IDF Chief of Staff debated changes to the rules of engagement.

'Shoot anyone who approaches the fence'

Chief of Staff and ISA head:

'We want to see more senior terrorists eliminated'

Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi, ISA chief Ronen Bar, visit Khan Yunis, speaking with soldiers in the field. 'Great success so far in fighting, but we are far from finished.'

'We want to see more senior terrorists eliminated'

PM Netanyahu to IDF:

Find new alternatives to UNRWA within the week

Prime Minister Netanyahu has told Chief of Staff Halevi to find an alternative to UNRWA which currently receives all aid destined for Gaza.

Find new alternatives to UNRWA within the week

IDF Chief of Staff:

'Where necessary, we enter the most complex places'

Chief of Staff Halevi discussed the elimination of Hamas terrorists in a Jenin Hospital: 'We do not want to turn hospitals into battlefields... but we are even more determined not to allow hospitals become a place that is a cover for terrorism.'

'Where necessary, we enter the most complex places'

IDF Chief of Staff:

'Reservists bring a big advantage'

IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi visited Khan Yunis and told commanders that reservists must be cared for.

'Reservists bring a big advantage'

New details from disaster:

Terrorists came out of an orchard and fired an RPG

According to an initial investigation, in each one of the two buildings, there were at least ten charges that were meant to destroy buildings near the border.

Terrorists came out of an orchard and fired an RPG

Chief of Staff on Gaza:

'Reservists to be released, knowing they'll return'

IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi stated that the military understands the inbuilt tension between serving on the battlefield and returning home.

'Reservists to be released, knowing they'll return'

Chief of Staff:

'Likelihood of war in north higher than before'

General Herzi Halevi attends reservists' exercise in North, says if was with Hezbollah breaks out, Israel will have "many more advantages."

'Likelihood of war in north higher than before'

Chief of Staff:

Hamas reorganizing in northern Gaza

The Chief of Staff and other security officials warn that without a civilian plan for the future, the IDF will lose its achievements in northern Gaza.

Hamas reorganizing in northern Gaza

Chief of Staff:

We dismantled Hamas' infrastructure in northern Gaza

'There will be no immunity for those seeking to kill us: not in Gaza, not in Judea and Samaria, and also not in other arenas throughout the Middle East,' IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi says.

We dismantled Hamas' infrastructure in northern Gaza

IDF Chief of Staff:

'Hamas leadership pins its hopes on a ceasefire'

Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi emphasizes, 'Every minute has critical significance, we are operating by all means to return all the hostages ; we will not allow extortion attempts for a ceasefire.'

'Hamas leadership pins its hopes on a ceasefire'

Again:

Chief of Staff and Ben Gvir argue at Cabinet meeting

Minister Ben Gvir confronts Chief of Staff at Cabinet meeting and exchanges barbs with Defense Minister Gallant.

Chief of Staff and Ben Gvir argue at Cabinet meeting

Chief of Staff:

'After Gaza - we'll know what to do in Lebanon'

Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi to soldiers: "After what you have done, there is no village in Lebanon that you cannot enter and take apart."

'After Gaza - we'll know what to do in Lebanon'

Military echelon's warning:

'Judea and Samaria are on the brink'

TV report: The military echelon explicitly warned Netanyahu and the Cabinet ministers about a slippery slope in Judea and Samaria.

'Judea and Samaria are on the brink'

Gallant hints he won't approve IDF's Oct. 7 c'tee

Defense Minister attends Likud faction meeting, comments on transition to the new phase in the fighting in Gaza: The transition between the stages is aimed at creating a common language between the military and political levels.

Gallant hints he won't approve IDF's Oct. 7 c'tee

During Judea and Samaria visit

IDF Chief of Staff: 'We will be at war all year'

LTG Herzi Halevi said that the war would also hold the other arenas, certainly Judea and Samaria, to a certain state of alertness.

IDF Chief of Staff: 'We will be at war all year'

Cabinet meeting ends abruptly:

Ministers attack IDF Chief of Staff, meeting dispersed

Meeting of Political-Security Cabinet ends abruptly after ministers blast Chief of Staff over appointment of team to investigate October 7.

Ministers attack IDF Chief of Staff, meeting dispersed

Chief of Staff:

'We'll change our routine defense measures'

Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi says Israel has 'high state of readiness in north,' but is currently 'focused on fighting Hamas.'

'We'll change our routine defense measures'

IDF Chief of Staff in Gaza:

'Rules of engagement are there to protect us from ourselves'

Chief of Staff Halevi assured the troops on the ground that they would receive the 'strongest possible fire support.'

'Rules of engagement are there to protect us from ourselves'

IDF Chief of Staff in north:

'We will not return the residents without security'

Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi stated that it will take time to safely return residents to their homes in northern Israel.

'We will not return the residents without security'