Minister of Defense, Ehud Barak, and Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu , will pass along their recommendation for the appointment of Maj. Gen. Gantz as the next IDF Chief of Staff
The Minister of Defense, Ehud Barak, and the Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, will pass along their recommendation to appoint Maj. Gen. Benjamin “Benny” Gantz to the position of the IDF’s 20th Chief of Staff. The recommendation will be passed along to the Turkel Committee for approval after which it will be sent to the government for final approval.
The Prime Minister and Minister of Defense stated that they, “see great importance in clearing up any uncertainty about the new Chief of Staff and stabilizing the military system by appointing one who can lead the IDF in the face of future challenges.”
Maj. Gen. Benny Ganz was born in 1959 and recruited to the IDF in 1977 when he joined the Paratroopers Brigade. In 1979, he graduated from the IDF officer school and was positioned as company commander and later Platoon commander in the Paratrooper Brigade.
In 1989 he was appointed commander of the Shaldag Unit in the Israel Air force. In 1994 he was appointed commander of the Judea Brigade in the Judea and Samaria Division.
In 1997 he left for an academic break in the United States. In 1999 he was appointed as commander of the Liaison Unit with Lebanon. In 2000 he was appointed as commander of the Judea and Samaria division.
In 2002 he was appointed as commander of the IDF Northern Command. In 2005 he was appointed as commander of the IDF Ground Forces Command. In 2007 he was appointed IDF military attache in the United States.
Maj. Gen. Ganz is a graduate of the Command and Staff College and the National Security College, has a Bachelors degree in history from the Tel Aviv University, a masters degree in Political Science from the Haifa University and another Masters Degree in management of national resources from the NDU university in the United States.
Maj. Gen. Ganz is married and is a father of four.
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