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Gal Hirsch at Vortex of War between Right and Left, Old and New

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

(JNi.media) On Tuesday, Police Commissioner designate Gal Hirsch appears before the Turkel Commission which approves senior appointments in the civil service. Besides Hirsch, the committee, convening in the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem, will also hear from Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) and from outgoing Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino.

When Minister Erdan introduced Brig. Gen. (Res.) Gal Hirsch as his pick for the next Israeli police commissioner, his decision provoked angry reactions from several segments of the Israeli public. Police brass were disappointed to discover that the minister opted to go above their heads and not promote a new chief from within; parents of fallen soldiers who served under Hirsch in Lebanon who blamed Hirsch for their tragedies; and the left-wing opposition parties who view Hirsch as a privileged child of the military industrial complex.

The adage regarding showing who your friends are and I’ll tell you who you are works just as well here with Hirsch’s (and Erdan’s) enemies. Save for the bereaved parents, who are critical about a specific month, July 12 through August 14, 2006, known as the Second Lebanon War, aka the Israel–Hezbollah War, the other two groups can be seen as the old guard watching helplessly while the country’s emerging, right-wing consensus is winning the day.

Hirsch’s 25-year military career has been forever marred by his performance during the 2006 Second Lebanon War. Shortly after the war, IDF Chief of Staff General Dan Halutz, who resigned from his post over his own performance in the same war, was going to appoint Hirsch head of IDF Strategic Planning Division, but Hirsch decided to resign in December 2006, ahead of the publication of a report by a committee headed by Major General Doron Almog, that recommended removing Hirsch from the Army. Hirsch was eventually cleared of the report’s charges against him, but Halutz decided to let him stay resigned nevertheless.

A later report, issued by an Israeli government-appointed commission of inquiry, chaired by retired judge Eliyahu Winograd, blamed Hirsch for a share in the responsibility for the disorganized campaign waged by the IDF, which resulted in Hezbollah being able to kill 121 IDF soldiers, and to wage a rocket attack that killed 46 Israeli civilians (among them 19 Arabs).

The committee went out of its way to criticize Hirsch’s orders, saying “the division commander’s language was creative—some depicted it as poetic,” but stressing that his artistic originality made it difficult for subordinates to translate his words into an effective military operation.

Some bereaved parents started a campaign against Hirsch’s appointment even as they admitted they had never known him personally, and acknowledged that he was only one man in an entire military machine that went unhinged. Other bereaved parents, especially those living in the war zone, in northern Israel, actually praised Hirsch for having kept the border with Lebanon calm for four years prior to the war.

Outgoing Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino will be appearing to object to the appointment. Danino believes in promotion from within the police ranks, despite the fact that only this past year has seen the dismissal of three of his top commissioners for sexual abuse of their underlings; the suicide of another top officer over a pending investigation over suspected bribery; mass demonstrations by Ethiopian Israelis against police brutality; and a State Comptroller investigation into significant operational deficiencies within the police in an affair that involved the murder of two police agents.

The Turkel Commission will also have to conclude whether the police commissioner designate acted within the boundaries of the law when he provided military consulting to two former Soviet satellites — Georgia and Kazakhstan. Hirsch, who provided strategic advice through his company, Defensive Shield, insists that he complied with security laws, to the point where an IDF representative was present in each of his meetings with his FSR clients.

JNi.Media

Israel Has New Government

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Reshet Bet announced early Friday morning that the Likud and Habayit Hayehudi have resumed their talks, after a 12-hour disconnect, and reached a final agreement on a new government, which will be introduced later today, Friday.

The agreement was reached after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called up Habayit Hayehudi Chairman Naftali Bennett and asked him personally to overlook the slight of not receiving the title of Deputy Prime Minister. He told him that in the new government there will be no Deputy Prime Ministers at all.

Both Bennett and Yesh Atid Chairman Yair Lapid responded curtly to a news item they heard over the radio on Thursday, that the Deputy positions, about which they had reached a verbal agreement with the Likud-Beiteinu negotiating team, were taken away.

Likud circles not particularly enamoured with the PM spread the rumor that it was Sara Netanyahu, Benjamin’s wife, who insisted, at the last minute, on sticking it to her husband’s new coalition partners.

The PM’s circles denied the rumors, saying it was just another vicious attack on Sara Netanyahu, and her personal arch-enemy, Naftali Bennett.

Habayit Hayehudi circles said in response that it was not a reassuring way of ushering in a new coalition—killing unilaterally an item everybody had shaken hands on.

The Bennett people refused to attend the meeting Thursday evening in which the government deal was supposed to be finalized, and the first coalition crisis appeared to have erupted even before there was a coalition in place.

Netanyahu had to swallow a frog in apologizing to Bennett personally, and Bennett and Lapid in return swallowed the frogs of not becoming acting PMs when Bibi is away touring the world.

Now the fact that Sara’s contribution effectively killed the position of Deputy PM, Netanyahu will not be able to dole out bites at this honor to senior Likudniks, such as MK Silvan Shalom, who won’t receive a real portfolio. Thank you, Sara.

The Shas and United Torah Judaism factions are livid, obviously, arguing that if they’re out of office, their constituency is going to be ignored. Well, not exactly ignored, more like enlisted and made to study Math and English in yeshiva.

MK Aryeh Deri, who was reinstated in the Shas Knesset list with the hope of increasing its size (they ended up with 11 – just like the Knesset before), was making the rounds all day Thursday, promising to be part of a fighting opposition, whose utmost goal would be to topple this government. A renowned Haredi leftists, who pushed his party into signing on to the Oslo Accords, Deri said he had no problem cooperating with Labor, Meretz, and the Arab lists, to bring down Netanyahu.

Unless he get a government seat sometime down the road.

Habayit Hayehudi will possess five portfolios in the new government, although those will be divided among only three ministers. So Naftali Bennett is now also Minister of Religious Services.

The 20 Likud MKs are competing over a mere 15 positions of power: seven ministerial roles, four deputy ministers, four heads of Knesset committees and the role of Speaker of the House. The portfolios of Homeland Security, Agriculture, Tourism and Absorption has been given to members of the Israel Beiteinu, while members of the Likud will take Interior, Transportation, Communications, Homeland Defense, and the Strategic Affairs Ministry.

A big improvement would be the appointment of former IDF chief of staff Moshe “Bogie” Yaalon as Defense Minister. Yaalon, whose boss at the time, Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz, opted not to renew his contract in 2005, because he did not trust the former to pursue zealously the evacuation of thousands of Gush Katif Jews. Mofaz appointed Dan Halutz to the job, and Halutz promptly bungled an invasion of Gaza and a war in Lebanon.

Beginning next week, probably on Monday, Israel’s 33rd government—Netanyahu’s third—will be sworn in, featuring 22 ministers, including the Prime Minister, and eight deputy ministers. The Speaker is expected to be the current Minister of Information and Diaspora, MK Yuli Edelstein.

In the almost-final compromise agreement reached Thursday, Netanyahu agreed to give up the education portfolio, which will go to Yesh Atid’s MK Rabbi Shai Piron, Likud-Beiteinu will get Interior, and Habayit Hayehudi will head the Knesset Finance Committee.

Yori Yanover

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