Herzog congratulates IDF chief, condemns unspecified political attacks on him

Sam Sokol is the Times of Israel's political correspondent. He was previously a reporter for the Jerusalem Post, Jewish Telegraphic Agency and Haaretz. He is the author of "Putin’s Hybrid War and the Jews"

President Isaac Herzog congratulates IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi following today’s rescue of four hostages from the central Gaza Strip and condemns “the attacks of the last few days” against Halevi and other members of the security services.

Speaking with Halevi, Herzog expresses his “deep appreciation for the commanders and soldiers who brought about the rescue of the hostages from Hamas captivity” and “strongly condemned the attacks of the last few days against the chief of staff personally and against the IDF and its servicemen, and expressed his appreciation for their activities in this challenging and sensitive period,” according to a statement by the president’s office.

It is unclear which attacks he is referring to. Over the past several months, Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich and National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir have repeatedly insisted that the current IDF leadership cannot be allowed to appoint new senior commanders in light of the military’s failure on October 7.

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