Father of soldier killed on October 7 says he’ll petition ‘scandalous’ appointment of new IDF intel chief

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

Cpt. Ori Mordechay Shani, a Golani commander killed at the Kissufim post, October 7, 2023. (Israel Defense Forces)
Cpt. Ori Mordechay Shani, a Golani commander killed at the Kissufim post, October 7, 2023. (Israel Defense Forces)

The father of a soldier killed during Hamas’s October 7 onslaught says he will petition the High Court of Justice against the appointment of Brig. Gen. Shlomi Binder to the next head of the Military Intelligence Directorate.

In a post on the X social media site, Yehoshua Shani, the father of Cpt. Ori Mordechay Shani, who was killed battling Hamas terrorists, says he will petition the “scandalous” appointment of Binder with other families of fallen soldiers.

“My holy son, Cpt. Ori Mordechay Shani, a platoon commander in Golani’s 51st Battalion, fell in a heroic battle at the Kissufim post,” he writes.

“He and his troops fought the terrorists for long hours and eliminated many of them, without the senior IDF officers, including Brig. Gen. Shlomi Binder, the head of the Operations Division who is responsible for preparing IDF troops for such situations, being in sight,” Shani says.

Shani says Binder should not be allowed to enter the role “before his part in the failures is revealed, through a state commission on inquiry.”

Yesterday, IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant announced the promotions of five generals, including Binder.

Binder is to replace Maj. Gen. Aharon Haliva, who announced his resignation over his role in the failures in the lead-up to the Hamas attack.

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