Defense Ministry Director-general Dan Harel Resigns

Dan Harel, also a former IDF general, serves notice he will step down in the next few months but agrees to say on until a successor is chosen.

Dan Harel photographed in 2014.
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Defense Ministry Director-General  Dan Harel has served notice he is stepping down in the next few months but has agreed to stay on until a successor is chosen, a statement published on Sunday said.

In his two and a half year term Harel notably oversaw implementation of key budgetary reform agreements reached with the Treasury. 

A former deputy chief of staff in the IDF, and military attache to the United States, Harel also headed the IDF's southern command during a 2005 Gaza withdrawal, making him an important overseer of that historic move.

In parting remarks, the statement quoted Harel as saying he made his decision out of a sense of "satisfaction and having implemented many measures that contributed greatly to Israel's security."

Ya'alon sung Harel's praises, saying he had "overseen a list of significant steps."

Harel would be the latest of a list of senior ministry officials to step aside  recently, including Yair Ramati, dismissed late last year as head of a unit in charge of missile development for security breaches and  Ofir Shaham, head of the research and development for technological weapons development, who has also said he would step down this year.