Defense Minister Benny Gantz announced Monday that he had decided to appoint Maj. Gen. Hertzi Halevi as the IDF Deputy Chief of Staff. He made the decision upon the recommendation of the Chief of Staff, Lieut. Gen. Aviv Kochavi.
In a statement, Minister Gantz described Halevi as a highly experienced officer who has served in a wide range of positions in the IDF with distinction. Gantz, a former IDF chief of staff, said that as a person who has known Halevi for decades, he is certain that the general will be an excellent deputy chief of staff who will help the chief of staff as well as all IDF commanders face the challenges on all fronts.
Halevi, who is currently head of the Southern Command, was inducted into the IDF in 1985. He previously served, among other positions, as commander of the Paratrooper Brigade, commander of the "Sayeret Matkal" special forces unit, and head of the Military Intelligence Directorate.
The senior officer who in 2013 was described by the New York Times as a "philosopher general" has a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Business Administration from Hebrew University, and a Master's Degree in National Resources Management from the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.