Meet the New IDF Chief of Staff: Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot

The IDF (Zahal) welcomes its new Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Gadi Eizenkot. During his induction ceremony he addressed the tension and changes in the Middle East and the challenges Israel will face.

Yesterday, February 16, 2015, Lt. Gen. Eizenkot became the IDF (Zahal)’s 21st Chief of Staff. He is succeeding former Lt. Gen. Benjamin ‘Benny’ Gantz who, as of yesterday, entered the military reserve after 38 years of active service.

Lt. Gen. Eizenkot was born in Tiberias on May 19, 1960. At age 18 he joined the IDF (Zahal) and spent his military career commanding different positions with only one objective in mind: to contribute to the security and continuity of his country, Israel.

Meet the New IDF Chief of Staff: Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot

During the ceremony Lt. Gen. Eizenkot affirmed the following:

“We are in the midst of a tense and challenging time. The Middle East is transforming into an unrecognizable reality characterized by instability and volatility. These challenges require the IDF (Zahal), more than ever, to be determined, sophisticated and measured.”

According to Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot this instability could lead the IDF (Zahal) to make difficult choices at both operational and organizational levels.

The Chief of Staff stepped into his new role shortly after Operation Protective Edge. An operation that, according to him, demonstrated once again that the fight for the State of Israel’s security is not over. “Over the years we have lost many soldiers and officers that became our sons and daughters because they made the ultimate sacrifice to guarantee the independence and security of the State of Israel,” said Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot. “Unfortunately, this is the price we have to pay.”

Meet the New IDF Chief of Staff: Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot

For Lt. Gen. Eizenkot there is no doubt that many challenges face him, “I do not know what the future holds, but you can rest assured that the IDF (Zahal) is ready to face any scenario,” he assured.