The Mixed Legacy of IDF Chief Benny Gantz

As he enters his final year, Gantz can take pride in the moderation and realism he brought to the post. But major social trends are exposing the army to unprecedented pressures.

On Friday morning, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz began his fourth – and final – year as chief of staff. This is generally the stage at which chiefs of staff start to let things go to their head: to persuade themselves that the public’s fondness for them is due solely to their extraordinary personal skills and not to the bars on their shoulders. In the fourth year, chiefs of staff tend...