Shimon Peres: Gabi Ashkenazi One Of The Best Chiefs Of Staff Ever

Gabi Ashkenazi

 

Feb 7 (KATAKAMI.COM) — Israeli President Shimon Peres hosted at his Jerusalem residence Monday morning the IDF’s senior command.

At the meeting he told outgoing IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi, “I was privileged to meet all 18 Chiefs of Staff before you. It took me a long time, but now, unlike you youngsters, I can do a real comparison between them. Your contribution to Israel’s security is unique and superb. You were one of the best Chiefs of Staff Israel ever had.”  (*)

Source : Israel National News

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Israeli President Shimon Peres Bids Farewell To Outgoing IDF Chief Gabi Ashkenazi

FILE : Israel's President Shimon Peres, right, and military chief Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, center, watch a soldier light the menorah on the fourth eve of Hanukkah, in an army base near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip, in southern Israel, Monday Dec. 14, 2009. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov

Feb 7 (KATAKAMI.COM / YNET) — President Shimon Peres, who is hosting the IDF General Staff in his home, complimented the outgoing IDF chief, Major General Gabi Ashkenazi, saying that “I had no doubt that I would get to see him as the chief of staff, as I have seen in him a daring but reasonable man… all the magic of Golani is on his shoulders.

“The chief of staff is morally obligated to the mothers of the sons which he commands, and is under the authority of the elected officials. The IDF chief of staff is under the civil authority, but he is also its chief advisor,” the president said.  (*)

 

PM Netanyahu: I understand Galant's disappointment

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem February 6, 2011. Israel named a new head, Benny Ganz, for its armed forces on Saturday following a shakeup in the top ranks that a deputy to Netanyahu said had undermined national security at a time of regional turmoil. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Feb 6 (KATAKAMI / YNET) — At the start of the government meeting Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he “understands the magnitude of General Yoav Galant’s disappointment” following the cancellation of his appointment to chief of staff. Netanyahu noted that Galant is “a talented and experienced commander and fighter who contributed a great deal to the country”.

Netanyahu also addressed the appointment of Benny Gantz to the position of chief of staff and explained that “there are major shocks in our region. IDF stability is paramount at this time which is why I made the chief of staff decision over the weekend.” (*)

Transcript of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting about the next IDF Chief-of-Staff

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem February 6, 2011. Israel named a new head, Benny Ganz, for its armed forces on Saturday following a shakeup in the top ranks that a deputy to Netanyahu said had undermined national security at a time of regional turmoil. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Feb 6 (KATAKAMI) — Following are Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting today:

“The stability of the IDF is always important, but it is much more important now given the deep shocks in our region.  The IDF needs stability; therefore, over the weekend, I determined, along with Defense Minister Ehud Barak, to decide regarding the appointment of the next IDF Chief-of-Staff.

I would like to express appreciation for Maj.-Gen. Yoav Galant, a seasoned fighter with experience, who contributed greatly to the security of the state.

I know that he has undergone not simple experiences in recent months and I also understand the depth of his disappointment.  This is natural; this is human.  But in the circumstances that have been created, my duty as Prime Minister is to make clear decisions in order to lift the cloud of uncertainty from the IDF senior command.

Therefore, today, Defense Minister Barak will recommend, to the cabinet, our joint intention to appoint Maj.-Gen. Benny Gantz as the 20th IDF Chief-of-Staff.

Maj.-Gen. Gantz has done the entire track which qualifies him to be the next commander of the IDF, including his recent tenure as Deputy Chief-of-Staff.  He is an experienced commander and an excellent officer.  He has all the qualities and all the necessary experience to be an excellent IDF Chief-of-Staff.

I would like to take this opportunity to also express my deep appreciation for Maj.-Gen. Yair Naveh and Maj.-Gen. Gadi Eizencot, who were also considered for the post.

I must note that both of them expressed their full willingness to serve under designated IDF Chief-of-Staff Benny Gantz.  I believe that this shows that the Chief-of-Staff and the General Staff will cooperate and work together as a united team.  This is important both for the IDF and the State of Israel.

On Friday, 4.2.11, an explosion occurred in an Egyptian gas pipeline leading to a halt in the supply of natural gas to the State of Israel.  Israel is prepared for such situations and has the possibility of immediately switching to alternative energy sources.  It is important to note that we are prepared for any scenario and I ask that National Infrastructures Minister Uzi Landau to detail these preparations and the possibilities at our disposal.  In any case, due to these advance preparations, no problems are expected in the supply of gas to the State of Israel.

I believe that the shocks in our region underscore and reiterate that Israel is an island of stability in turbulent area and we will continue to do everything to ensure the security and vital interests of the State of Israel, in the face of the major challenges yet before us as well.”  (*)

Source ; PM’s office

Maj. Gen. Yair Naveh to be Appointed Acting IDF Chief of Staff

Maj. Gen. Yair Naveh

Feb 2 (KATAKAMI.COM) — The Prime Minister and the Minister of Defense spoke with Maj. Gen. Yoav Galant on Tuesday night (Feb. 1) about their appreciation for him as a commander and IDF combatant based on whose strong capabilities and accomplishments was chosen to be the IDF Chief of Staff. In light of a recent decision made by the government’s legal advisor, however, as well its repercussions, the Prime Minister and Minister of Defense reached the conclusion that there was no option left but to cancel Maj. Gen. Galant’s appointment and begin the process of finding the next Chief of Staff again.

Minister of Defense Barak stated the decision to appoint the Deputy Chief of Staff, Maj. Gen. Yair Naveh as acting Chief of Staff will be made on Thursday, Maj. Gen. Naveh serving for a period of up to sixty days. Within this time the process of choosing a new Chief of Staff will be completed and he will begin his role.

Appointing Maj. Gen. Naveh to acting Chief of Staff was decided upon at the suggestion of the government’s legal advisor.

Source : IDF Website

IDF Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi Holds Meetings in NATO Conference

IDF Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi (R) and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of the United States Military, Admiral Michael G. Mullen (L) held a meeting in Brussels( Jan 27) . During the meeting they discussed the events currently taking place in the Middle East and addressed the mutual strategic and security concerns to both countries and militaries. This evening, Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi and his wife will also meet for dinner with USEUCOM Commander, Admiral James G. Stavridi. ( Photo: Ron Sachss / IDF )

Jan 27 (KATAKAMI.COM) — Earlier today (Thursday) the IDF Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of the United States Military, Admiral Michael G. Mullen held a meeting in Brussels. During the meeting they discussed current events in the Middle East and addressed the mutual strategic and security concerns to both countries and militaries.

This evening, Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi and his wife will also meet for dinner with USEUCOM Commander, Admiral James G. Stavridis.

The IDF Chief of Staff, left for Brussels on Tuesday (Jan. 25th) for a two day work visit. During the visit, Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi has participated in a conference of the Chiefs of Defense of NATO member countries, and conducted work meetings with his counterparts from around the world.

Escorting the Chief of the General Staff were his wife Ronit, the IDF Spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Avi Benayahu, Head of the International Military Cooperation Department in the Planning Directorate, Colonel Hani Caspi, Israeli Defense Attache to NATO, Colonel Uri Halperin and Aide-de-Camp, Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Col. Amos HaCohen.

Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi will depart for Israel on Friday morning.  (*)

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IDF Chief of Staff, Gabi Ashkenazi to NATO: Stop the Spread of Non-Conventional Weapons

FILE : IDF Chief of the General Staff Lieutenant-General Gabi Ashkenazi (L) and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R)observe a military exercise at Elyakim military base near the northern city of Haifa May 11, 2010. REUTERS/Eran Yuppy Cohen/Pool

Jan 26 (KATAKAMI.COM ) — IDF Chief of Staff, Gabi Ashkenazi, spoke on Wednesday at the NATO Conference in Brussels, during a special plenary for the chiefs of staff of the armies of Mediterranean countries.

During his speech Ashkenazi addressed the change in the battlefield as he has seen it during his term as Chief of Staff, which is scheduled to conclude in several weeks.

“Radical regimes and terrorist organizations brought into the battlefield weapons with both high and low technological qualities, cynical use of civilians as human shields, use of global systems of disinformation and more,” said Ashkenazi. “All these have created a significant change on the battlefield.”

Ashkenazi added that “NATO is facing the same challenges in Afghanistan and the Allied Forces are forced to deal with complex strategic, tactical, and logistical issues in different areas.” He noted that he appreciates the work of NATO “which leads more than forty countries in fighting these threats. These joint efforts ensure that the extremists who want to ruin our lives will never be able to do so. If we are to eradicate this phenomenon significantly, we must stand directly against those challenges and overcome the legal, operational and intelligence challenges. We must take advantage of all the means to prevent the spread of non-conventional weapons.”

As this is the last gathering of chiefs of staff that Ashkenazi will participate in, he pointed out that he is “sure that those who come after me will receive a warm welcome from you just like the one I got.” Ashkenazi also said that “I was honored, as I’m sure are those sitting around me, to have lead for many years brave soldiers and officers, and unfortunately, also heroes who fall as they defend our countries.”

Ashkenazi departed on Tuesday for the two day conference of the Chiefs of Defense of NATO member countries, where he is conducting work meetings with his counterparts from around the world. As part of the Conference a ceremonial dinner will be held in the home of the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, Admiral Giampaolo Di Paola, where he will bid a farewell to Ashkenazi.  (*)

Source : Israel National News

IDF Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi Delivers a Speech at the NATO Mediterranean Dialogue

FILE : IDF Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi (left) and United States chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Navy Admiral Mike Mullen at the Pentagon, November 17, 2010. ( Photo by: Embassy of Israel Press Office )


Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi : “Combined efforts ensure that the extremists who wish to destroy our way of life will never succeed in doing so”


Jan 26 (KATAKAMI.COM ) — “Extremist regimes and terrorist organizations have introduced high and low quality weapons, exploitation of civilian human shields and misinformation to the current battlefield.  All these tactics have altered the battlefield as we know it,” said IDF Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi on Wednesday  at the Mediterranean Dialogue, during the NATO conference of the Chiefs of Defense of member countries.

“NATO currently faces the very same challenges in Afghanistan, and its member countries encounter complex strategic, tactical and logistic issues in different arenas of war.”

Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi also noted his deep appreciation of NATO achievements, “under whose command over 40 countries operate united against these terrorist threats. These combined efforts ensure that the extremists who wish to destroy our way of life will never succeed in doing so. If we wish to completely eradicate this phenomenon, we must stand strongly before it, overcome the legal, operational and intelligence obstacles… we must put to use all possible means in order to avoid the dangerous spread of unconventional weapons.”

Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi thanked the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, Admiral Giampaolo Di Paola, and his counterparts for their friendship and partnership.

During the conference, Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi is scheduled to hold work meetings with his military counterparts from around the world.

(*)

Source : IDF

PM Netanyahu: Raid on Gaza flotilla was necessary to protect Israel

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - JANUARY 23: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (2R) speaks at the weekly cabinet meeting on January 23, 2011 in Jerusalem, Israel. Netanyahu said of the Turkel Commission into the nine deaths of Turkish citizens 'that IDF soldiers acted legally and in self-defense'. (Photo by Oliver Weiken - Pool/Getty Images)

Turkel Commission finds that Israel’s blockade on Gaza is legal, and that Israeli soldiers acted in self-defense during raid on a Gaza-bound ship which killed nine Turkish citizens.

Jan 23 (KATAKAMI.COM / HAARETZ) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday expressed his satisfaction with the findings of Turkel Commission, which probed the Israel Defense Forces raid on a Gaza-bound ship last May and found that Israeli soldiers acted in accordance with international law during the operation.

“The truth is simple,” said Netanyahu. “IDF soldiers defended themselves and their country. It is not only their privilege but also their duty and the State of Israel stands behind their actions.”

Netanyahu also added that every time Israel needs to defend itself, it is charged with committing w Defense Minister Ehud Barak also lauded the Turkel Commission’s report on Sunday, saying that its findings prove Israel is a law-abiding nation.

The first part of the panel’s report, released Sunday, found that the Israeli soldiers who took part in a raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla last May which resulted in the deaths of nine people had acted in self-defense. It also determined that Israel’s three-and-a-half year blockade of the Gaza Strip does not break international law. (*)

Photostream : One year for Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) Search and Rescue soldiers since joining Haiti aid team

IDF Delegation Arrival in Haiti : The Israel Defense Forces aid delegation getting off the plane upon arrival at Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Israel sent a team of over 250 personnel to help in the rescue and medical efforts after Haiti was struck by a devastating earthquake in January 2010. (Photo : IDF’s FLICKR, January 16, 2010)

Rescue of a Haitian Man from Government Building, Jan 2010 : The Israel Defense Forces Search and Rescue team extracted a 52 year old Haitian government employee, trapped in the ruins of the customs office in Port-au-Prince after 6 hours of work. The man was trapped under the rubble for 125 hours before being rescued by the team and was then taken to the IDF field hospital for treatment. The man was able to communicate his location via SMS. After the devastating earthquake which struck Haiti in January 2010, Israel sent an aid delegation with over 250 personnel to help with search and rescue efforts and establish a field hospital. (Photo : IDF’s FLICKR, January 2010)

IDF Search and Rescue Team at Port-au-Prince University , Jan 2010 : A rescue team, led by Israel Defense Forces Search and Rescue platoon commanders, enters the university in Port-au-Prince, in order to assist in the evacuation of survivors and victims. One of the buildings on the campus collapsed while classes were in session. After a devastating earthquake hit Haiti in January 2010, Israel sent a team of over 250 personnel to help in the rescue and medical efforts. (Photo : IDF’s FLICKR, January 16, 2010)

Rescue of a Haitian Man from Government Building, Jan 2010 : The Israel Defense Forces search and rescue team extracted a 52 year old Haitian government employee, trapped in the ruins of the customs office in Port-au-Prince after 6 hours of work. The man was trapped under the rubble for 125 hours before being rescued by the team and was then taken to the IDF field hospital for treatment. The man was able to communicate his location via SMS. After the devastating earthquake which struck Haiti in January 2010, Israel sent an aid delegation with over 250 personnel to help with search and rescue efforts and establish a field hospital. (Photo : IDF’s FLICKR, January 2010)

Dr. Col. Kryce Transporting Injured Girl, Jan 2010 : Doctor Colonel Itzik Kryce, the commander of the Israel Defense Forces field hospital in Haiti helps transport a wounded girl with a severe leg injury for treatment. After the devastating earthquake which struck Haiti in January 2010, Israel sent an aid delegation of over 250 personnel to help with search and rescue efforts and establish a field hospital in Port-au-Prince. (Photo : IDF’s FLICKR, January 2010)

Doctors Check on Premature Baby, Jan 2010 : Dr. Maj. Yuval Levi and Nurse Captain Margarita Memdov are pictured treating a premature baby weighing 1.8 kg delivered in the IDF field hospital in Haiti. In total, 16 babies were successfully delivered at the field hospital during the time the IDF was in Haiti. The hospital features a special ward maternity ward and was equipped to handle complicated births and premature deliveries. After the devastating earthquake which struck Haiti in January 2010, Israel sent an aid delegation of over 250 personnel to help with search and rescue efforts and establish a field hospital in Port-au-Prince. (Photo : IDF’s FLICKR, January 18,2010)

IDF Medical Aid Team Performing Surgery in Haiti Field Hospital, Jan 2010 : Then-Chief Medical Officer, Col. Dr. Ariel Bar, and Lt. Col. Dr. Chaim Levon performing surgery in the IDF field hospital in Haiti. After the devastating earthquake which struck Haiti in January 2010, Israel sent an aid delegation of over 250 personnel to help with search and rescue efforts and establish a field hospital in Port-au-Prince. (Photo : IDF’s FLICKR, January 19, 2010)

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Israel Defense Forces (IDF) installs new information security safeguards

FILE : Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stands with naval commandos during his visit to the Atlit naval base near the northern city of Haifa October 26, 2010. (Getty Images / REUTERS/Dan Balilty/Pool )

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Measures aim to prevent Wikileaks-type revelations; one safeguard: alarm will go off when disc-on-key inserted in IDF computer.

November 29, 2010 (KATAKAMI / JERUSALEM POST) — The IDF has instituted a number of new security measures over the past year aimed at preventing major leaks of sensitive information like what was published by Wikileaks on Sunday.

The new safeguards were developed by the IDF’s Information Security Unit and include a system that will track every document, classified as top secret by the military, who it is sent to, who printed it and who burned it onto a CD.

The new system will not allow a document that is classified as top secret, for example, to be transferred to someone who does not have security clearance to view documents classified as top secret.

“This does not mean that something like Wikileaks cannot happen in Israel but it would be more difficult,” a former officer involved in information security said on Monday.

The tightening of regulations has taken place over the past year and gained importance after Anat Kam was arrested for leaking thousands of top secret and classified documents to a Haaretz reporter.

Kam, who served as an assistant to OC Central Command Maj.-Gen. Yair Naveh’s bureau chief during her IDF service, was exposed to classified and sensitive military information and over a period of what appears to be a year, she allegedly copied the documents into a folder she had created on a computer in the office and then burned it onto a CD during her last week of service.

Other steps taken by the IDF have included thorough background checks of soldiers serving in sensitive positions and the cataloging of every IDF soldier according to their level of clearance. Sources said on Monday that the IDF has increased the number of polygraphs it conducts on soldiers and officers by 50 percent in the past year.

In addition, if a disc-on-key is attached to an IDF computer it will immediately set off an alarm at the IDF Information Security Unit alerting soldiers there of a possible infiltration. (*)

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