TEL AVIV (Jul. 20)
Major General Avihu Bin-Nun, regarded as one of the staunchest opponents of the Lavi jet fighter project, will be the next commander of the Israel Air Force. The decision was announced by Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Dan Shomron Monday.
Bin-Nun, who is head of the Israel Defense Force’s planning branch, will succeed Maj. Gen. Amos Lapidot on September 22.
The planning branch will then be headed by Brig. Gen. Danny Yatom, who will be promoted to Major General.
Bin-Nun commanded an Air Force unit in the 1967 war, downed Soviet-flown aircraft during the war of attrition in 1970 and later commanded a major air base in the north.
Yatom has served as a military aide to then-Defense Minister Moshe Arens and later commanded a division on the Eastern front. He recently studied at Tel Aviv University.