IDF (Zahal) Spokesperson
The Minister of Defense announced that Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi will be completing his term as planned after four years.
Date: 07/04/2010, 7:25 PM
Defense Minister Ehud Barak announced on Tuesday (Apr. 6) that the IDF (Zahal) Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen Gabi Ashkenazi, will end his four-year term in February 2011. The date is in accordance with the government’s decision, in February 2007, to make his position a fixed four-year term.
“I would like to make clear that I never approached the Prime Minister, the Minister of Defense or any other official with a request to continue for a fifth year,” said Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi in regards to the Mr. Barak’s announcement. “I think that the government’s decision when I started my job, that the term should be for four years is correct and proper, and therefore I do not see any reason to talk about a fifth year when it is not on the agenda,” he added.
The Chief of the General Staff added that “more than three years ago I was called by the Defense Minister and the Prime Minister at the time, to return from civilian life to the IDF (Zahal) and was appointed as Chief of the General Staff. Since then I’ve been doing my job in faith and with a sense of mission, with all my sight and energy, along with my colleagues of the General Staff, commanders of the IDF (Zahal) and its soldiers, with the focus to build the IDF (Zahal), for the readiness of the forces in compulsory and reserve service, and to strengthen the public confidence in the IDF (Zahal).”
“Given the complex and challenging security issues from near and far facing us, we need to concentrate on what is important, and that is what we will do,” assured Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi.
In the two day meeting on the subject, Defense Minister Ehud Barak expressed his confidence and admiration for the work done by Chief of the General Staff Ashkenazi, and praised the remarkable activities done to build the strength of the IDF (Zahal) and operational achievements.