“Israeli” Army in Crisis: 2nd Commander Quits After Gaza
By Staff, Agencies
The “Israeli” army’s Military Intelligence Directorate is in crisis after a second senior commander stepped down in the aftermath of a raid by Special Forces in the Gaza Strip that went awry last year.
The commander of the Intelligence Directorate’s Special Operations Division recently quit angrily after learning the military had asked his predecessor to rejoin the army and replace him, the Yedioth Ahronoth daily reported Thursday.
The commander, who can only be identified by his rank and the first Hebrew letter of his name — Brig. Gen. “Gimel” — learned about the attempt to oust him from media reports two months ago, the report said.
He was infuriated and gave “Israeli” occupation army’s Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi two months’ notice, the newspaper said.
The military is reportedly scrambling to find a replacement for Gimel, as the previous commander of the Special Operations Division — who can be identified only as Brig. Gen. “Alef” — has not yet given an answer as to whether he is willing to resume the position he held between 2015-2016.
Gimel has informed his commanders that he will leave his position on August 1 regardless of whether a replacement is found, saying he doesn’t want to be a “lame duck.”
The quitting officer previously commanded the “Israeli” military’s elite Sayeret Matkal reconnaissance unit.
The development came after the commander of Sayeret Matkal resigned in February, in the wake of the Gaza operation, during which an officer was killed.