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Unpacking the Main Challenges of Israel’s New Chief of Staff

January 17, 2023

by: Yossi Yehoshua ~ Ynet

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The IDF’s new Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi

Tuesday, 17 January 2023 | On Monday morning, Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi officially stepped in as the new IDF [Israel Defense Forces] chief of staff replacing Aviv Kochavi, who will leave the military after 40 years of service.

Kochavi’s term wasn’t perfect, and although he had many successes in improving the IDF’s lethal capabilities and implementing advanced technology, he also left Halevi with many challenges.

During his tenure, Halevi will face three main operational tasks: Preparing the military for the next war; the Iranian nuclear issue; and the Palestinians.

As far as the Iranian issue, even though the preparedness to attack the country’s nuclear targets suffered a setback at the beginning of Kochavi’s term, it is now safe to say the plan is “back on track.” The only thing that is lacking is the means, which will come in the near future.

When it comes to the Palestinian issue, Halevi will be required to prepare for the worst-case scenario—the collapse of the Palestinian Authority, and a subsequent mass wave of terror that will follow.

Halevi will also have to address mundane matters, which are no less pressing: The condition and quality of the food at military bases and medical services within the army.

Halevi received a painful reminder of these internal problems only a day earlier when Corporal Dennis Zinoviev died in an accidental grenade explosion at one of the military bases.

Another important task is formulating a strategy on the issue of manpower shortage in the IDF. Does it mean the military is missing officers? Not yet. Are the crème of the crop choosing to prolong their stay in the army? Absolutely not.

Thus, the IDF needs to implement a wagering agreement with the Finance Ministry to significantly increase the pay of the officers.

Posted on January 17, 2023

Source: (Excerpt from article originally published by Ynetnews on January 16, 2023. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)

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