Gantz holds first meeting with incoming IDF chief after vote to confirm him

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

Defense Minister Benny Gantz holds a meeting with incoming IDF chief Maj. Gen. Herzi Halevi, October 23, 2022. (Nicole Laskavi/Defense Ministry)
Defense Minister Benny Gantz holds a meeting with incoming IDF chief Maj. Gen. Herzi Halevi, October 23, 2022. (Nicole Laskavi/Defense Ministry)

Defense Minister Benny Gantz holds a first meeting with Herzi Halevi following a cabinet vote this morning to approve him as the next military chief.

Gantz’s office says the two discussed “various issues” that will be relevant for when Halevi enters the role on January 17.

“Herzi is an excellent, experienced officer with leadership skills and a breadth of vision that will help him advance the IDF and Israel’s security, [amid] the challenges we are facing in each of the theaters,” Gantz says in a statement.

“I trust him and wish him great success,” he adds.

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