Deposed officer Tamir likely to return to top command post
Brigadier General Moshe Tamir, who was forced out of the IDF earlier this year, is likely to return to a senior command post, this time in a reserve unit.
Brigadier General Moshe Tamir, who was forced out of the Israel Defense Forces earlier this year, is likely to return to a senior command post, this time in a reserve unit.
Tamir was forced out after his teenage son crashed an army vehicle and he attempted to cover up the incident, leading to a scandal and a trial.
Tamir will be appointed liaison officer between the Lebanon Corps, which is controlled by the General Staff, and Northern Command.
The appointment still needs the approval of Defense Minister Ehud Barak and the chief of staff.
Tamir's last post was commander of the Gaza Division. In 2007, he became embroiled in a scandal after it emerged he had let his underage son drive a military ATV during a division "family day." The youth hit a civilian vehicle, and Tamir tried to cover up the fact that his son was driving. The ensuing investigation led to criminal charges against Tamir.
Tamir admitted to a series of violations under a plea bargain.
Following two appeals, the Military Court of Appeals ruled that Tamir would keep his rank of brigadier general but his promotion would be delayed by two years.
In February, Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi announced he had decided not to give Tamir a new job, essentially pushing him out of active military duty. Barak recently announced that GOC Southern Command Yoav Galant would be replacing Ashkenazi.
Now, GOC Northern Command Gadi Eizenkot and Corps Commander Major General (res. ) Yishai Barak decided to find a senior corps position for Tamir.
They apparently are seeking to draw on Tamir's great experience on the Lebanese front, to prepare for another possible confrontation with Hezbollah. Tamir is considered one of the IDF's leading field commanders and had held several posts in southern Lebanon, from company commander to brigade commander.
As commander of the Gaza Division, Tamir formulated much of the military plans for Operation Cast Lead. A senior source in the Southern Command said yesterday that Tamir "had done excellent preparatory work" ahead of the operation.
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