TEL AVIV (Dec. 19)
A high-level reshuffling of commands announced Tuesday by the Israel Defense Force reflects strained relations at the top echelons of the IDF, according to military sources.
Maj. Gen. Yitzhak Mordechai, head of the IDF Central Command, has been switched to head the Northern Command, replacing Maj. Gen. Yossi Peled, who is retiring from active service.
The central sector will now be commanded by Maj. Gen. Dani Yaton, who is presently head of the IDF’s Training Branch.
The announcements, which came as a surprise, were described by military sources as a decision by the defense establishment to diminish the influence of outgoing Chief of Staff Dan Shomron on the future composition of the General Staff. Shomron’s term expires in April.