Despite criticism, Halevi announces wave of senior IDF appointments

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi speaks during an assessment in northern Israel, February 27, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)
IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi speaks during an assessment in northern Israel, February 27, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)

IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi announces a new round of senior appointments in the military, the second since the October 7 onslaught.

Nominations of senior officers had been on hold since the Hamas attack, save those for temporary appointments of those replacing slain commanders.

The promotions came under fire by Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich, who argued that as Halevi had failed in his role, he should not be the one to appoint commanders.

The appointments were carried out by Halevi anyway.

The list includes 32 new colonels, as well as one brigadier general and 22 colonels who are only moving to new positions at the same rank.

The IDF will not be appointing new commanders to roles considered sensitive and related to ongoing internal probes into the IDF’s failures in the lead-up to the October 7 attack.

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