In a moving ceremony held today in the offices of the IDF Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Shaul Mofaz granted promotions for the last time. Participating in the ceremony was the incoming Chief of Staff, Maj. Gen. Moshe Ya’alon, along with the Deputy Chief of Staff, several Maj. Generals and family members.

During the ceremony, Mrs. Ruth Yaron was appointed IDF Spokesperson and was granted the rank of Brig. Gen. She replaces Brig. Gen. Ron Kitrey, who is retiring after a two-year term in this position.

Also during the ceremony, Col. Shmulik Rozenthal was granted the rank of Brig. Gen. and appointed Chief of Staff of the Northern Command; Brig. Gen. Yair Nave was appointed Chief of the Ground Forces Staff; and Brig. Gen. Yoav Gallant was appointed the Prime Minister’s Military Secretary.

The Chief of Staff thanked the retiring IDF Spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Kitrey describing him as the right man for the job during these last two complex years. He also pointed out that Brig. Gen. Kitrey has faithfully represented the IDF and its commanding spirit, and for this deserves much gratitude.

The Chief of Staff wished Ruth Yaron, the incoming IDF Spokesperson, success in these trying times. He said he had no doubt she is the right woman for the job – the first woman IDF Spokesperson who will set an example for future female IDF Spokespersons. He added that the incoming Chief of Staff, along with IDF’s top officers, would undoubtedly assist her. The Chief of Staff wished Brig. Gen. Gallant success in entering his central position in a new world, linking the IDF and the political level.

The Chief of Staff praised Brig. Gen. Naveh as one of IDF’s elite officers who will know how to incorporate his abilities and skills with the Ground Forces’ needs.

The Chief of Staff told Brig. Gen. Rozenthal, who previously held many positions in the Armor Corps, that he was joining the Northern Command where the front is complex and challenging and that the Northern Command, under Maj. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, Deputy Chief of Staff, and Maj. Gen. Beni Gantz, have operated according to a sound and wise policy.

Concluding the ceremony, the Chief of Staff said it was one of the most exciting moments of his tenure, “A commander can experience no greater pleasure than watching his subordinates advance – especially in a ceremony such as this, which is the last one for me.” The Chief of Staff wished success to those who were promoted and thanked the members of their families. He wished success to Maj. Gen. Ya’alon, who will be appointed tomorrow as Chief of Staff.