Just in:  

You are here: Home»Business & Economy»Pakistan»Israel announces new military chief of staff

Israel announces new military chief of staff

Israel's prime minister and defence minister announced on Saturday that the country's next military chief of staff will be Major General Gadi Eisenkot. Eisenkot, currently deputy chief of staff, will replace Lieutenant General Benny Gantz, whose four-year term ends in February 2015. The appointment is subject to government approval.

Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon called Eisenkot the best choice to face Israel's "complex security challenges". Replacing him as new deputy chief of staff will be Major General Yair Golan, currently head of the northern command, Yaalon added. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Eisenkot was "selected from an excellent group of generals" and wished him luck. The 54-year-old began his military service as an infantryman in the Golani Brigade, rising through the ranks to command it.

He was military secretary to premier and defence minister Ehud Barak between 2009 and 2011, during which Israeli media reported he was involved in negotiations with Syria. Eisenkot was later appointed commander of the Judea and Samaria division, Israel's term for the West Bank, before becoming head of the operations directorate and eventually northern command chief from 2006 to 2011.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2014


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,131.86 0.28
Arrow Nasdaq 4,838.65 0.17
Arrow S&P 2,017.46 0.13
Arrow FTSE 6,371.18 0.70
Arrow DAX 10,119.83 0.23
Arrow CAC-40 4,688.70 0.27
Arrow Nikkei 18,438.67 1.67
Arrow H.Seng 22,730.93 1.21
Arrow Sensex 26,904.11 0.65

New 2015 adidas and Nike Soccer Cleats at Kicks Corner uk

Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.988 bln
Exports $1.835 bln
Imports $3.823 bln
WeeklyOctober 08, 2015
Reserves $20.05 bln