IDF Chief of Staff Dismisses Third Commander Since His Appointment

Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz dismisses the battalion commander of Corporal Dor Jan, who was killed when a patrol jeep overturned on Syrian border.

IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz dismissed a battalion commander following the death of a soldier under his command last June when a patrol jeep overturned near the border with Syria.

Gantz dismissed the commander of the Ra'am artillery battalion, Lt. Col. Liran Yager, of his post, due to what was described as "command and leadership malfunctions." Gantz acted according to the recommendation of GOC Northern Command Maj. Gen. Yair Golan.

One of the events that led to the dismissal was a car accident last June, when a patrol jeep overturned in the Golan Heights along the Syrian border, killing Corporal Dor Gan.

A statement announcing Gantz's decision said that despite the fact no direct connection had been found between Yeger’s command failures and the accident, the "sad incident revealed command and leadership malfunctions."
Yager's future in the IDF is to be examined, the statement noted.

This is the third time Gantz has dismissed a combat officer since his appointment as chief of staff in February 2011. Lt. Col. Shaul Eisner was barred from command positions for two years after he was filmed in April 2012 beating a Danish protester with his rifle butt and then failed to report the incident.

In February 2012, Lt. Col. Muli Cohen, commander of Battalion 74 of Armored Brigade 188, was removed from his post after supplying false information about an incident in which a soldier was left behind in a Palestinian village following an operation in the West Bank.