Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Ashekenazi and IDF policy

News from Israel today that IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi will be leaving at the end of 2011. This would be at the end of his normal 4-year term, but several other members of the IDF command have had their tenure extended, and reports have surfaced of tension between Ashkenazi and Defense Minister Barak.

Ashkenazi was appointed after the Lebanon invasion in 2006 with the mandate of implementing Israel's lessons learned. He was held in high confidence by both the government and the Israeli public. It will be interesting to see if his departure changes the public's confidence in the IDF leadership, and what, if any effect this will have on IDF policy.

UPDATE: People who know more than me point to Ashkenazi-Barak tension as one reason for the decision to announce the end of Ashkenazi's term 10 months before it actuallly occurs.

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