Netanyahu's Military Secretary to Command IDF's Gaza Division

The announcement of Eliezer Toledano's new appointment follows reports that the prime minister has tapped a Shin Bet official, identified only as M., as his new national security adviser

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Military secretary Eliezer Toledano, left, with Prime Minister Netanyahu.
Military secretary Eliezer Toledano, left, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu near the Jordanian border, February 2016.Credit: Marc Israel Sellem
Gili Cohen
Gili Cohen

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's military secretary, Brig. Gen. Eliezer Toledano, will be taking over as commander of the Israel Defense Forces' Gaza Division, the army said Monday in announcing a number of personnel changes. The appointments will come into force in the summer, assuming that IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot approves them.

Toledano commanded a paratrooper brigade during the war that Israel fought in 2014 with Hamas and its allies in the Gaza Strip. He also commanded the Maglan special forces unit during the Second Lebanon War in 2006.

Netanyahu will now have the task of replacing Toledano as military secretary, a job considered highly sensitive and not easy to fill. Toledano had been headed for a position at the IDF's Staff and Command College when he was tapped as the prime minister's military secretary instead. Earlier this week the media reported that, after more than a year and a half without a national security adviser, Netanyahu has chosen an individual for the post who can only be identified as M., of the Shin Bet security service’s southern district. M. will begin as acting security adviser until he receives the formal appointment from a selection committee and gets the nod of the cabinet.

Other IDF appointments announced Monday include the promotion of Col. David Zini, who heads a commando unit, to brigadier general and commander of the 340th Division. The current commander of the 340th Division, Avi Gil, is being transferred to the 36th Division. Col. Yaniv Alaluf, commander of the Bahad 1 officer training base, is being promoted to brigadier general and commander of the Sinai Division, an armored unit that operates in southern Israel.

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