Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided Thursday to extend Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz's three-year term in office by a further year, in accordance with Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon's recommendation. The extension is pending a cabinet vote, which has been set for next Tuesday.
Netanyahu briefed Gantz on his decision on Wednesday night.
"Over the past three years, IDF Chief of Staff Gantz has been successfully leading the Israel Defense Forces through the various and complex security challenges the State of Israel has faced," Netanyahu said in a statement.
"Benny Gantz's leadership of the IDF has been professional, ethical and mission-oriented. The defense minister, the chief of staff, the heads of the defense establishment and I work tirelessly, day and night, to ensure Israel's safety and security and its future."
A statement by Ya'alon said, "IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz has, over the past two and a half years, led the IDF to accomplish many achievements, the majority of which I cannot detail, but they have allowed the citizens of Israel to maintain their routine lives and they have allowed the State of Israel to thrive.
"In a time of unprecedented uncertainty in the Middle East, when we are facing major and complex challenges, both near and far, I have recommended to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Gantz's term be extended by one more year.
"The chief of staff brings with him a sense of determination, professionalism, responsibility and poise to this office and I'm sure that in his fourth year [in office] he will continue to position the Israel Defense Forces as a strong, advanced and deterring military, which allows us as decision-makers to lead Israel towards success and prosperity in a responsible manner."