The chief of staff must remain a-political. If he would be political, the obvious critic would be "Ashkenazi is the chief of staff of all Israel and should remain above politics" (especially if his views wouldn't be within the media pc.) . All questions about settlers and Palestinians are political and should be dealt with by the government. Technical questions about IAF and Iran should not be addressed to the public. Is it possible that the author actually has a good assessment about Ashkenazi's political views and simply doesn't like them?
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from the article: Is Ashkenazi really so great?