Army Career Winding Down, Gantz Says He Has No Regrets

Maj. Gen. Benny Gantz will wrap up his term as Israel Defense Forces deputy chief of staff, and his 33-year military career, on Thursday.

Benny Gantz
Alon Ron

Yesterday Gantz finished drafting his working plans for the army for the upcoming year for the authorization of IDF chief Gabi Ashkenazi.

Gantz is leaving the service after he was passed over by Yoav Galant for the chief of staff post.

He will be replaced by Maj. Gen. Yair Naveh, who was brought back from civilian life to serve as Galant's deputy.

Yesterday Gantz said he feels no regret about the path his career has taken.

"Given the road I took in the army, the roles I filled and the fact that I worked in the IDF General Staff for 10 years, I can't say I feel any kind of disappointment," he said, adding, "It's the prerogative of the defense minister to make decisions, and that of the cabinet to approve them."

No comment on computer worm

As deputy chief of staff, Gantz oversaw Israel's handling of the Iran nuclear program.

Yesterday, however, he declined to comment on the computer worm found at an Iranian plant in September. Some have speculated that the Stuxnet program was designed to infiltrate Iranian facilites and originated in Israel.