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Golani, Givati Most Popular For Upcoming November IDF Draft

Monday, October 29th, 2012

The Golani infantry brigade is the number one choice of new recruits to the IDF, according to figures released by the army on Sunday.

Golani, one of Israel’s most decorated infantry units, produced two of Israel’s IDF Chiefs of Staff – Motta Gur and Gabi Ashkenazi.

Givati, an infantry unit serving around the Gaza region came in second place.  In 2008, Hamas fired its Gaza City Brigade commander after a battle with Givati in Operation Cast Lead.

More young Israeli draftees are also requesting to serve in the IDF Air Defense Command and the Border Police.

Cyber defense and other computer-related service is also in higher demand.

According to the figures, more religious soldiers are serving in the urban warfare and counter-terrorism unit of Judea and Samaria, the Kfir Brigade and in the tank-driving Armored Corps, with the highest concentration of Ethiopians serving in Givati.

Gabi Ashkenazi and Faith

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

You know how sometimes you want to tell someone something and that person is a leader, an important person a recognized individual who could walk in the street and everyone would know who he is? That’s how it is with Israel and Former IDF chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. (res.) Gabi Ashkenazi. Ashkenazi was in command when Israel went to war in Gaza in 2008.

He ordered our sons to battle, to defend against hundreds of rockets that were being fired against over one million Israelis. He put our sons into Gaza, into the open fields that bordered it. One of those soldiers was Elie.

Two years before, in 2006, Ashkenazi’s predecessor, Dan Chalutz sent our sons to a border and beyond. That time, it was Lebanon, and Chalutz – who came from the air force – started a war by air. He miscalculated on many issues, finally sending in the ground forces – too late, with not enough supplies, goals that were not clear. Lebanon was a failure in many ways and Gabi Ashkenazi studied and learned. Not just him, of course, but the entire army.

Moments after hearing Ashkenazi and an impressive panel (Dennis Ross, Ms. Ayaan Hirsi-Ali, etc. – but that’s another post), hundreds, perhaps even a few thousand people began moving to a hallway and the next session. I walked in one direction, greeted two friends, continued walking, and then suddenly found myself a few feet away from Gabi Ashkenazi.

You have a split second to decide – talk to him or don’t. Say something, or not. In a session where everyone else spoke English, he understood clearly all the discussions, but chose to speak in Hebrew. I did the same.

“I have to tell you. My son was in the Gaza war and because you were there, I believed he would be safe. I just wanted to thank you for watching over him and all of them. It was so important to us, that you did what you did, as you did it.”

“You don’t look old enough to have a soldier,” he told me.

“I’m even a grandmother,” I told him with a smile. “I even have a grandson.”

“I’m still waiting for my first,” he responded with a laugh.

I knew he had to go and others were trying to get his attention. “I just wanted to thank you,” I told him again and began to step back.

He touched the area close to his heart and said to me, “I’m very touched. Thank you.”

That’s all – silly, no? I just have always wanted to tell him that what he did, how he handled the troops, how he conducted the war, had a tremendous impact on what we all accomplished and somehow gave many parents some tiny bit of security at a time when we all felt so afraid, so worried.

I feel as if somewhere in the story that is my life there is a list of things I have to complete – and one of them was thanking Gabi Ashkenazi. I have many more things I want to see and do and genuinely pray I have another 70 years or so to accomplish all of them, but this one was one I thought I’d never have a chance to do. For this alone, if nothing else, I thank Peres’ President’s Conference.

Turkey to Indict 4 Israelis Over Flotilla Incident

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

A special prosecutor in Istanbul has prepared indictments against the four top Israeli commanders who led the 2010 raid on the Gaza-bound Mavi Marmara ship.

The 144-page indictment seeks 10 aggravated life jail sentences for each commander, including former Israeli Defense Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, according to the English-language Turkish news service Today’s Zaman, citing the Sabah daily.

The other Israeli commanders to be indicted reportedly are Navy commander Vice Adm. Eliezer Marom; military intelligence chief Maj.-Gen. Amos Yadlin; and the head of Air Force intelligence, Brig. Gen. Avishai Levi.

The indictment mentions 10 “slain Turks.” Nine Turkish nationals, including a Turkish-American man, were killed in clashes during the raid. The 10th person is a man who remains in a vegetative state, according to Zaman. The indictment also reportedly refers to 490 victims and complainants, including 189 who were reported injured in the attacks.

Sabah said the indictment was submitted to Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor Turan Colakkadı, who is expected to approve the request to submit it to the appropriate court.

Israeli Navy commandos on May 31, 2010 boarded the Mavi Marmara, which claimed to be carrying humanitarian aid, after warning the ship not to sail into waters near the Gaza Strip in circumvention of Israel’s naval blockade of the coastal strip.

Israel’s government-appointed Turkel Commission found in its investigation that the government and the military behaved appropriately, and that the blockade of Gaza was legal.

The United Nations’ Palmer Committee also found the blockade to be legal but said Israel used excessive force while boarding the vessel. .

Turkey’s inquiry deemed the Gaza blockade and the Israeli raid to have been illegal.

Ankara has called on Israel for an official apology and compensation for the raid, and to lift the Gaza blockade. The two countries have broken off diplomatic relations and military agreements since the incident.

Former IDF Chief of Staff: Iran Nuclear Program ‘Ticking Faster Than Ever’

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Former IDF chief of staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, speaking at a conference organized by the Institute for National Security Studies, said that Israel must maintain a military option in dealing with Iran.

“In my opinion, the strategy vis-à-vis Iran should be to do whatever is possible under the radar coupled with painful and crippling sanctions. However, we should also keep a viable military option on the table,” Ashkenazi said. He also said that sanctions were having an effect, “but the problem now is that the nuclear program’s clock it ticking faster than ever.”

 

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