The Minister of Defense, Mr. Benyamin Ben-Eliezer, accepted the recommendation of the designated Chief of Staff, Maj. Gen. Moshe Ya’alon to appoint Maj. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi as Deputy Chief of Staff. Maj. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi will enter post in the following weeks and will replace Maj. Gen. Ya’alon who will be appointed as the IDF’s Chief of Staff on 9th of July 2002.
Maj. Gen. Moshe Ya’alon
Maj. Gen. Ya’alon was born in 1950. He was inducted into the IDF in 1968 and served in the Nahal until his discharge three years later, after having completed his regular service. During the Yom Kippur War he fought as a reserve soldier in the paratroops and participated in fighting at the Suez Canal. After the war he returned to a military career in the Nahal Airborne and completed an officers course. After receiving his commission, he held several command positions in the Paratrooper Brigade and during Operation Litani (Lebanon 1978) he commanded the Paratroop Reconnaissance Unit. During the years 1979-1982 he served in one of the IDF’s elite units and fought with it during Operation Peace for Galilee in 1982. After the war he was appointed battalion commander in the paratroops. He was later appointed deputy brigade commander. Towards the end of his command, he was wounded while on a mission in Lebanon. In 1986, he undertook advanced studies at the Command and Staff College in Kimberely, England. Upon his return, he was appointed commander of the elite unit in which he had served. Between the years 1989-1990 he participated in an armor reorientation course and completed a BA in political science at Haifa University. In February 1990 he was appointed commander of the Paratroop Brigade. On 3 January 1992 he was appointed commander of IDF Forces in the West Bank. In 1995 he was appointed Director of Military Intelligence and promoted to the rank of Major General. In 1998 he was appointed GOC Central Command.
Maj. Gen. Gaby Ashkenazi
Maj. Gen. Ashkenazy was born in 1954 in Moshav Hagor, Israel.
On 21 July 1998 he was appointed GOC Northern Command.
Maj. Gen. Gaby Ashkenazy was inducted into the IDF in 1972 and served in the Golani Brigade. During the 1973 Yom Kippur War, while in Officers School, he saw action on the southern front. In 1976 he participated in Operation Entebbe and in 1977 he was appointed a deputy battalion commander in the Golani Brigade. In this capacity he participated in Operation Litani in Lebanon in 1978, and was wounded while fighting terrorists in the eastern sector. In 1980 he was appointed a battalion commander in the Golani Brigade, and during the 1982 Lebanon War, as executive officer of the Golani Brigade, he commanded a force which operated in the Beaufort, Nabatiye and Jabal Barukh areas. After Israel’s withdrawal from Lebanon he commanded a front line brigade in the Northern Command. From 1986 to 1988 he served as the Golani Brigade Commander, and between 1988 and 1990 as Northern Command Operations Officer. In 1990 he underwent retraining in the Armored Corps, and from 1990 to 1992 commanded an armored division in the north, the region in which he spent most of his military service. In 1992, Maj. Gen. Ashkenazy was appointed Commander of the IDF’s Lebanese Liaison Unit. In 1994 he served as Director of the Operations Division and in 1996 he was appointed Assistant to the Deputy Chief of the General Staff for Operations. In July 1998, Maj. Gen. Ashkenazy was appointed GOC Northern Command. Maj. Gen. Ashkenazy is a graduate of the Tel Aviv Military Academic School, the IDF Interarm Command and Staff College and the US Marine Corps Command and Staff College. He holds a BA in Political Science from Haifa University. He is married and the father of two children.