Gabi Ofir named for Home Front Defense Ministry director-general

Avi Dichter announces his intention to appoint the former head of IDF Home Front Command as the new director-general of his ministry

Avi Dichter, Israel’s new Home Front Defense Minister, announced on Wednesday that  Maj. Gen. (Res.) Gabi Ofir is a candidate for the office of director-general of the Home Front Defense Ministry.

Thus far, the ministry, which operates within the framework of the Defense Ministry, has not had a director-general. The new appointment will come at the expense of Alon Rozen, who served as head of the ministry’s bureau and as the director-general stand-in during the era of the previous minister, Matan Vilnai.

Maj. Gen. Ofir was previously the commander of the Golani brigade, commander of the Judea and Samaria Division, and last served as head of the Home Front Command, until the conclusion of his IDF service in 2011. After his service, Ofir serves as director-general of Israel Airports Authority and managed the Ben-Gurion Airport 2000 project. Ofir also served as chairman of the appointed committee in Carmel City.

Minister Dichter said that “Gabi Ofir served both in the IDF and in his civilian life in a variety of positions, and he has many capabilities and considerable experience. I am certain that Ofir will contribute greatly towards strengthening the home front and its defense."

The appointment requires formal approval procedures.

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