The Knesset was shocked when the three-year tenure of IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Moshe Ya’alon, contrary to precedent, was not extended for another year. Indeed, Gen. Ya’alon was so highly admired for his professional competence and character that the Knesset Foreign Affair and Defense Committee conducted hearings on what amounted to a dismissal of this candid chief of staff.
Gen. Ya’alon’s dismissal is easily explained: his attitude toward abandoning Jewish settlements is diametrically opposed, on strategic grounds, to Prime Minister Sharon’s policy of unilateral disengagement. This appears quite obvious from a lengthy interview of Ya’alon shortly after his appointment as IDF Chief of Staff. The interview was conducted by Ari Shavit and appeared in Ha’aretz Magazine, August 30, 2002 under the title “The Enemy Within.” Below are the most salient extracts from that interview. » Continue reading “Why Sharon Had Ya’alon Ditched”