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Gantz sends AG secret dossier in push for permission to appoint new army chief

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Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Sunday pushed ahead with his attempt to appoint the next chief of the Israel Defense Forces, dismissing concerns that widely impactful nominations be frozen until a new government is formed after elections.

Gantz is seeking to appoint a successor to IDF chief of general staff, Lt. Gen. Aviv Kohavi, whose four-year term is set to expire in January, despite the fact that new elections were called last week. Caretaker governments have traditionally avoided nominations for senior positions such as chief of police or the military.

But Gantz’s office said Sunday that a legal opinion formulated by the defense establishment’s top law expert was sent to Attorney General Gali Baharav-Miara, arguing that it was possible to continue the process of appointing the next IDF chief of staff even during the election season.

Gantz’s office said the legal opinion from Military Attorney General Itai Ofir was accompanied by a classified IDF operational summary and a classified political summary “regarding the security and political challenges........

© The Times of Israel

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