Maj. Gen. Avi Mizrahi was appointed Commanding Officer of the Central Command replacing Maj. Gen. Gadi Shamni who was appointed as the IDF (Zahal)’s Military Attache in Washington, D.C.

Date: 19/10/2009, 11:16 AM    

In a military ceremony held earlier today, Major General Avi Mizrahi was appointed Commanding Officer of the Central Command. He replaced Major General Gadi Shamni who was appointed as the IDF (Zahal)’s Military Attache in Washington, D.C. The ceremony took place at IDF (Zahal) headquarters in the Chief of the General Staff’s office in the presence of Lieutenant General Gabi Ashkenazi and Defense Minister, Mr. Ehud Barak.

The former CO of the Central Command, Maj. Gen Shamni said, “In the past two years we have acted under clear and stable military and government directives. We have made solid achievements in countering terrorism, in our fight against the Hamas terrorist organization and in strengthening the Palestinian security apparatus. The past two years have been the quietest in terms of security in the Central Command since 2000, and significant improvements were made in the quality of life for the Palestinian population.”

Major General Shamni said the most important thing for him was the IDF (Zahal)’s value system. He said, “IDF (Zahal) officers and soldiers deal with high levels of friction day and night, with difficult pressures and with moral dilemmas that test and challenge them daily and from multiple sources.” Maj. Gen Shamni voiced his appreciation of the organizational cooperation between the IDF (Zahal) and the ISA, the Civilian Administration, and the Israeli Police.

The newly appointed CO of the Central Command, Major General Avi Mizrahi thanked the Chief of the General Staff and the Defense Minister for their trust. He also thanked Maj. Gen. Shamni for maintaining calm in the Central Command for the past two years as well as advancing developments and progress.

The Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenzi thanked the former CO of the Central Command and said that, “in his modest and characteristic way, Gadi faced difficult challenges and a complicated reality which tested his capabilities. Despite these tensions he was successful in bringing security to the citizens of the area.” Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi also said that in his last meeting with Yesha Council members, they praised Maj. Gen. Shamni and said that they “salute the Central Command and the creation of security that they have not experienced for many years.”

Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi also wished the newly appointed CO of the Central Command luck and told him, “You have the tools to advance and lead the command forward. During your term you will deal with many tests and governmental decisions and we will have to face complicated challenges. You will need to successfully fulfill these tasks with the best of the officers in the command who provide a pillar of strength and support for all members of the General Staff forum.”

Defense Minister Ehud Barak wished the newly appointed CO of the Central Command luck and thanked the former CO, Maj. Gen. Shamni. Defense Minister Barak said, “the position in the Central Command is a complicated one, it requires a specific and stable personality, one who understands life and not only the profession, who knows how to live between the different strands with all of their contradictions, who can pay attention to detail without losing sight of the larger goals, who has the ability to stand up to organizations and groups and who possesses great inner strength.”

Major General Gadi Shamni – Curriculum Vitae

Maj. Gen. Gadi Shamni was born in Israel in 1959 and was drafted to the Paratroopers Brigade in 1977.

For most of his military service, Maj. Gen. Shamni served in various positions in the Paratroopers Brigade. He served as a Company Commander, Commander of a Reconnaissance Unit, Battalion Commander, Commander of a Reserves Paratrooper Brigade, and Commander of the Paratroopers Brigade.

He also served as a Battalion Commander in the IDF (Zahal)’s Officer Training School and the Commander of the Judea Regional Brigade of the Judea and Samaria Division.

In 2001, Maj. Gen Shamni served as the Head officer of the Infantry and Paratroopers Brigade.

In 2003, he was appointed the Commander of the Gaza Division.

In 2004 he served as the Head of the Operations Division.

In 2005, Maj. Gen. Shamni served as former Primer Minister, Mr. Ariel Sharon’s military secretary.

Major General Gadi Shamni received a Bachelors degree in Economics and International Relations and a Masters degree in National Security. Maj. Gen. Shamni is a graduate of the IDF (Zahal) Staff and Command College and the U.S. Army War College, and completed the U.S. Military’s Special Forces Course in North Carolina.

He is married and the father of four children.

Major General Avi Mizrahi – Curriculum Vitae

Maj. Gen. Avi Mizrahi was born in Haifa, Israel in 1957.

In 1978 he was a Company Commander of the Yishai Division and the Bnei Or Division in the Armor Corps.

In 1981 he was appointed Deputy Battalion Commander of the Kfir Infantry Brigade.

Between 1982 and 1988 he was released from active duty.

In 1988 he was served as the “Nachson Chariots” Battalion Commander.

In 1990 he was appointed the Deputy Commander of the Bnei Or Division.

Between 1991 and 1992 he was the Commander of the Armor Corps Officer Training Course.

In 1992 he was the Commander of a Reserves Armor Brigade and was one of the founders of the “Merkava 3” Armor Brigade and the Commander of the Armored Warfare Center at the.

In 1994 he was appointed the Commander of the “Akevot Barzel” Armor Brigade.

In 1996 he was a Ground Forces representative in “Tray Doc” in the United Stated.

Between 1998 and 2001 he was the Commander of a Reserves Division and the Commander of the course for Company and Battalion officers.

Between 2001 and 2003 he served as the Commander of the Division.

In 2003 he was appointed the Chief of Staff of the Ground Forces.

In 2005 he was appointed the Chief of the Technology and Logistics Command.

From 2007 until today, October 18th 2009 he served as the Chief of the Ground forces.

Major General Mizrahi received a Business and Management Bachelors degree from Pace University in New York. He is married and the father of three children.