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Elazar Issues Last Order of the Day

April 5, 1974
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Gen. David Elazar issued an order of the day today to Israel’s troops, declaring he was “sorry that I have thus to part from you.” He reviewed his two years of service as chief of staff, as well as his 20 years of military service, dating from the Palmach and saluted “the memory of our comrades who have fallen in all the wars we have fought together.” He warned Israel’s troops and officers that “you must remain on a constant alert while strengthening and building our forces of tomorrow.”

It was learned today that Gen. Eliahu Zeira, who resigned as chief of the army’s intelligence for the same reason, will apparently remain in the army. Defense Minister Moshe Dayan asked Zeira to remain in army service, assuring him that Maj. Gen. Yitzhak Hofi, the acting chief of staff, would find him a post “appropriate to his rank and ability.” The Agranat report did not ask Zeira to retire from the army but only that he was not to handle intelligence work.

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