Gantz approved as Israel’s military chief


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Maj.-Gen. Benny Gantz became Israel’s military chief of general staff following unanimous approval by the Cabinet.

One of his first official acts was a meeting with his U.S. counterpart, Adm. Mike Mullen, following Sunday’s swearing-in. Mullen is in Israel for the farewell ceremony for Gantz’s predecessor, Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, and to discuss the situation in Egypt with Israel’s top military officials.

Gantz was named to the position after the rescinding of the decision to appoint Maj-Gen. Yoav Gallant over a personal real estate scandal.

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