Turkel Committee Approves New IDF Chief

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JERUSALEM, Israel - The Turkel Committee approved Major-Gen. Benny Gantz as the 20th chief of general staff of the Israel Defense Forces.

After examining three incidents over the course of the general's career, the committee concluded that none compromised his eligibility to serve as head of the IDF.

"Gantz is an extremely worthy candidate for the position of IDF chief of staff," the committee said in a statement, one who "radiates integrity."

The cabinet is expected to approve his appointment at Sunday's weekly cabinet meeting, and he will be sworn in after outgoing Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi steps down on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Gantz's appointment would help stabilize the IDF after the difficult decision to withdraw the appointment of Lt.-Gen. Yoav Galant over controversial land acquisitions and questionable responses in a sworn affidavit.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Gantz has the ability to instill harmony around him, and Ashkenazi said he is a talented and experienced officer who has overcome many challenges in his military career.

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