Photo: Yaron Brener
Major General David Ben Ba'ashat
Photo: Yaron Brener
Navy chief asked to be relieved of command
Major General David Ben Ba'ashat's request comes three years after nomination, six month shy of term's natural end. Sources in IDF believe post-war criticism behind decision
Major General David Ben Ba'ashat, commander of the Israeli Navy met with IDF Chief of Staff Lieutenant-General Gabi Ashkenazi Thursday and informed him of his wish to cut short his term as naval chief.


Both Ashkenazi and Defense Minister Ehud Barak granted Ba'ashat's request to be relieved of his command this coming October.


If not for his request, Major General Ba'ashat's term would have ended in April 2008.


Sources in the IDF estimated that Ba'ashat's request came as a result of the harsh criticism slammed at him in wake of the deaths of four naval soldiers during the Second Lebanon War, when a missile hit their vessel, the Navy's Hanit.


Investigations into the incident revealed failures in both intelligence and personnel levels.


The most prominent candidates for the position of naval chief are Brigadier-General Yuval Zur, former head of naval headquarters, and Brigadier-General Eli Marom, also a former head of naval headquarters.


Marom was nominated for the naval command three years ago as well.


פרסום ראשון: 07.26.07, 23:08
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