Israeli Army to Get New Military Intelligence Chief

Tamir Heyman will head Intelligence Corps, replacing Herzl Halevi, who will head Southern Command

Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, June 2017.
Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, June 2017. David Bachar

Maj. Gen. Herzl Halevi, an officer tipped as a future candidate to become Israel Defense Forces chief of staff, has been named as head of the IDF’s Southern Command in a series of appointments to the 2018 General Staff.

Halevi’s appointment was one of several approved Monday by Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman following recommendations by current Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot.

Maj. Gen. Tamir Heyman, who is currently commander of the Northern Corps and the military colleges, will replace Halevi as head of Military Intelligence.

Among other appointments, Lt. Col. Neria Yeshurun will become commander of the Armored Corps. As a battalion commander, he was reprimanded in June 2016 for ordering his troops to shell a clinic in Gaza – in retaliation for the death of an officer in his battalion during the 2014 war in the Gaza Strip.

Lt. Col. David Shapira will become commander of the IDF’s Binyamin Brigade. Shapira was the commanding officer of Sgt. Elor Azaria last year when Azaria opened fire and killed a prone Palestinian assailant in Hebron. In a high-profile and contentious trial, Azaria was sentenced to 18 months after being convicted of manslaughter.

This is Eisenkot’s last round of appointments as chief of staff before he leaves the post in 2018.

Maj. Gen. Herzl Halevi, pictured in February 2015, will become the head of IDF Southern Command in 2018.
Olivier Fitoussi