Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi Thanks Outgoing Deputy IDF Chief of General Staff, Maj Gen. Benny Gantz “For an outstanding military service.”
Maj. Gen. Yair Naveh was appointed yesterday (Tuesday) as Deputy IDF Chief of the General Staff, replacing Maj. Gen. Benny Gantz who has held the position for over a year and a half and is to retire from the IDF after a 33 year-long service.
The ceremony, held in the chambers of the IDF Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, at camp “Rabin” in Tel Aviv, was at the presence of Minister of Defense, Mr. Ehud Barak, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, Deputy Minister of Defense, Mr. Matan Vilnai, members of the General Staff and family members.
The Minister of Defense wished Maj. Gen. Yair Naveh good luck and thanked Maj. Gen. Gantz for a long service commenting that:”Maj. Gen. Gantz has made a lasting impression on thousands of people throughout years of field leadership and has made a lasting impression on the security of Israel” Mr. Barak continued commenting: “You are all a part of the foundation of this state and can look ahead with proud and satisfaction”.
The Chief of the General staff also thanked Maj. Gen. Gantz, commenting that: “Benny, whom I have known for years is an officer and a gentleman, a human being and a warrior”. Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi mentioned that Maj. Gen. Gantz served in various commanding positions and has completed them with great success. “As my deputy, he has led some of the more sensitive matters in the IDF with great professionalism and has brought us to many achievements. I thank him for an outstanding service”. Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi wished luck to his newly appointed deputy, who has served on different positions on various fronts.
Outgoing Deputy of the General Staff, Maj. Gen. Benny Gantz has counted that he feels that he was an active and caring on all fronts over the past three decades and wished his successor Maj. Gen. Naveh and the next Chief of General Staff, Maj. Gen. Yoav Galant luck and has thanked Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi for his leadership and friendship.
Maj. Gen. Gantz mentioned that he plans to visit the “Tel Nof” Paratroopers Brigade memorial where he will pay his respects to his fallen commanders, soldiers and friends and will salute them for the last time. Maj. Gen. Gantz said he hopes that his actions throughout the years were worthy of the men who died committing them.
Maj. Gen. Naveh thanked the Minister of Defense and the Chief of the General Staff for their trust in him saying he feels he is coming home after three years, to a more focused, well- trained and well- equipped military.
Maj. Gen. Gantz thanked his predecessor and wished him luck.
Below are the CVs of Maj. Gen. Yair Naveh and Maj. Gen. Benny Gantz. The current Deputy Chief of the General Staff, Maj. Gen. Naveh:
The outgoing Deputy Chief of the General Staff, Maj. Gen. Gantz: