NYT marks Brig. Gen. Herzl Halevi as future chief of staff?
Upon leaving role as Galilee Division commander, New York Times releases extended article on top officer. 'Philosophy is more practical than business administration,' says Brig. Gen. Halevi, who claims 'no war or operation' could solve northern front
According to the article, Halevi is considered by many as the top candidate to lead the IDF as chief of staff in the future. The senior officer told the NYT reporter that his university studies in philosophy have proven more beneficial for military leadership than studies in business administration.
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"People used to tell me that business administration is for the practical life and philosophy is for the spirit," General Halevi told his interviewer. "Through the years I found it is exactly the opposite – I used philosophy much more practically."
He continued on to cite Plato, Socrates and Maimonides. "Philosophers that spoke about how to balance, how to prioritize principles in a right way, this is something that I find very helpful."
The article claims that Halevi was certain that a war with Lebanon would break out during his tenure as commander of the Galilee Division. He now believes that the next "round" will take place in his successor's shift, who is expected to replace him November 28.
"I don't think there is the war or the operation that will solve the problem. The interesting issue is how you create a longer gap between the wars," he told the reported and addressed the next conflict. "It’s not going to be a simple one,” he added. “There are no simple wars. We are ready to pay this price to make a very decisive and strong war to make the gap as long as possible.”
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