Israel appoints new army chief of staff

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon praised Eisenkott's appointment, describing him as the "right commander to lead Israel during the current threats."

Israel appoints new army chief of staff

World Bulletin/News Desk

Israeli cabinet approved on Sunday the appointment of Major General Gadi Eisenkott as the new chief of staff of the Israeli army.

"Gadi Eisenkott is the right person at the right place in the right time," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the beginning of a cabinet meeting on Sunday.

"He is a veteran commander and he can lead the [Israeli army] IDF in the face of the major challenges that surround us," he added.

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, for his part, praised Eisenkott's appointment, describing him as the "right commander to lead Israel during the current threats."

Born in 1960 in the Israeli city of Tiberias, Eisenkott currently serves as the deputy chief of staff.

He joined the Israeli army in 1978 where he was assigned to the Golani Brigade, before being appointed as it commander from 1997 to 1998.

In October 2006, Eisenkott became the head of the North Command replacing Udi Adam who resigned amid criticism over his performance during the second Lebanon war. 

He left his position in 2011 to serve as a research fellow in an Israeli think tank before returning in January of last year as deputy chief of staff.

On February 15, he will replace Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz and become be 21st chief of staff of the Israeli army.

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