Next IDF Chief Appointed

YERUSHALAYIM (Reuters) -
Major-General Gadi Eizenkot. (Gili Yaari/Flash 90)
Major-General Gadi Eizenkot. (Gili Yaari/Flash 90)

Israel announced the appointment of a new chief of staff of its armed forces, Major-General Gadi Eisenkot, who has spent much of his operational career confronting Hizbullah in southern Lebanon.

Eisenkot, 54, currently deputy to incumbent chief of staff, Lieutenant-General Benny Gantz, will take over in February when Gantz completes his four-year term.

Eisenkot was the senior commander of forces along Israel’s northern border with Lebanon and Syria and among several other top positions, served as military attache to former prime minister Ehud Barak.

In an interview in 2008, Eisenkot warned that Israel would use “disproportionate” force to destroy Lebanese villages from which Hizbullah terrorists would fire rockets at its cities in any future war, but that the civilian population should be evacuated before such an attack.