Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot Appointed as IDF Chief of the General Staff
Israel Defense Forces Former Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Benjamin (Benny) Gantz’s four-year term officially ended on Monday, February 16th, as he handed command of Israel’s military to his deputy, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot.
The ceremony celebrated both Gantz’s impressive military career as well as the new Chief of the General Staff’s inauguration.
At the ceremony, Gantz spoke kindly of Eisenkot, wishing him the best in his new position: "Gadi, my friend, today I entrust you with this powerful deposit. Today, when you walk passed the honor guard as the 21st Chief of the General Staff, know that it represents a professional and skilled military, ready for every mission. The IDF is yours to lead now. Make your mark on it with the love we know you have for this military and the responsibility required of the position. The public is lucky to have you as the leader of its defense forces."
And, echoing the speeches given by other dignitaries, Eisenkot thanked Gantz for his successful leadership and his remarkable dedication to the IDF: "Benny, in all your years of service the only thing to guide you was Israel's security. You acted admirably and responsibly in every position you held, with unwavering convictions. Thank you for the partnership we shared and for the way you led the IDF.”
Eisenkot initially began his service in the Infantry Corps’ Golani Brigade, rising to command it between 1997 and 1998. He then became military secretary to the Prime Minister and Defense Minister, followed by his appointment as the Head of the IDF’s Judea and Samaria Brigade. In 2005, he became the Head of the IDF’s Operations Directorate, and then served as the Commanding Officer in the Northern Command from 2006 to 2013, when he was named Gantz’s deputy.