Gaby Ashkenazi, Dan Halutz; in their time Yigael Yadin, Yitzhak Rabin and Ezer Weizman, as well as Moshe Dayan, Rafael Eitan and Mordechai Gur, are being descussed for their political life AFTER they left the IDF. I think the phenomenon Gaby Sheffer is aginst ("the growing phenomenon of the involvement of ex-army officers in Israeli politics.") is to some degree outdated. What is really new, is that they play politics WHILE they are on their to-brass IDF jobs, in indirect, subtle, and not so subtle ways. Yigael Yadin, Yitzhak Rabin -an ex-ambassaor to the USA-, Ezer Weizman, Moshe Dayan, Rafael Eitan and Mordechai Gur, all played politics while in their army posts, and one can add Ehud Barak, Amram Mitzna and Shaul Mofaz to that long list. However, being a soldier and paving your career while in the army, is what really endangers not only the IDF but the country. It dangerously mixes up politics with defense issues, where only the best professionals and not the friend of so-and-so should be on top of the IDF. The new phenomena is also affecting Israel's intelligence community, when speculation about who will head the Mossad after Meir Dagan's tenure is on the table of political manouverings. Generals have the right. Some are good. The one whose absence from the relevant political arena I miss most, is Amram Miztna. He was from all the list, to me, by far the wisest and most incorriptible man; truly brave, not just "impulsive" (Barak, Mofaz, Eitan), but competent and decent. A pity Israel squandered him.
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