Outgoing Galilee Division Commander Brigadier-General Imad Fares is expected to retire from the Israel Defense Forces after lying to his commanders. Fares reported that he had been with his wife in his military vehicle while she had a small accident with it, but several hours later he admitted that he had not been in the car at the time of the accident.
Fares' wife used his military car several days ago and was involved in a small road accident. During an inquiry, the senior commander said that he had been in the car while his wife was driving it, but later admitted that he had lied.
Following the incident, Military Advocate General Brigadier-General Avi Mandelblit ordered the Military Police's criminal investigation division to launch a probe into the incident. Fares was told that in the meantime he would not be appointed commander of a regiment and company commanders' course, a role he was slated to begin soon.
It now appears that Fares has decided to retire from the IDF, only one day after concluding his role as Gaza Division commander. Military sources noted that in light of his conduct he had no other choice.
Legal sources in the IDF estimated that despite his decision to resign, Fared would be indicted. "Looking into the incident, there is no doubt that Brigadier-General Fares' conduct requires a prosecution," one of the sources said. "His decision to retire may help him, but the military advocate general will not have much choice eventually."
Brigadier-General Fares, 48, joined the IDF in 1979. Over the years, he served as commander of the Gaza Division's southern brigade, commander of the Givati Brigade and commander of the Galilee Division.