IDF Chief Ashkenazi Announces New Hires in General Staff

GOC Central Command Gadi Shamni will become the next military attache in Washington.

Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi announced a series of appointments on Thursday to a number of positions in the General Staff.

Gadi Shamni, who served as GOC Central Command, was named the next military attaché to Washington. Shamni will replace Benny Gantz, who will succeed General Dan Harel as the IDF's next deputy chief of staff.

General Avi Mizrahi, who heads the IDF Ground Forces, will replace Shamni as GOC Central Command.

Brigadier-General Sami Turjeman, who is the commander of the Golan Division, will be promoted to the rank of general. He will succeed Mizrahi as head of the IDF Ground Forces. Ashkenazi's round of appointments received approval from Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

Last month, Barak and Ashkenazi named Gantz as the next deputy chief of staff.

Gantz's nomination is considered to be compromise between Barak and Askenazi, who were unable to agree on who the next deputy should be.

Ashkenazi sought to appoint Gadi Eisenkot, GOC Northern Command, to the post, while Barak proposed GOC Southern Command Yoav Galant. The defense minister argued that appointing Galant would provide a choice of three solid candidates to replace Ashkenazi as chief of staff in 18 months' time, together with Eisenkot and Gantz.