Religious Officer Appointed IDF Education Chief

A. Pe’er, Hamodia Military Correspondent

YERUSHALAYIM – IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eizenkot resisted heavy pressure put on him in recent days to appoint a Reform officer to the position of Chief Education Officer, choosing instead a religious candidate from Yehudah and Shomron.

The new head of military education will be Brigadier General Zvika Fairaizen, an Air Force officer who formerly commanded a squadron of unmanned aerial vehicles. His last post was head of section 40 of the IDF Operations Division.

The appointment signals to the religious community that the IDF is not waging a war on its religious soldiers, and does not seek to block promotion of national-religious officers, as some have alleged in recent months. The decision comes after the controversial decision to transfer the Department of Jewish Studies from the IDF chief rabbinate to the education corps.

Fairaizen is a resident of Neve Tzuf in Yehudah and Shomron, and graduated from a hesder yeshivah in Karnay Shomron.