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Eisenkot Withstood the Heat

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15.01.2019

On Tuesday, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot ends his tenure as the Israel Defense Forces’ 21st chief of staff. During his tenure, there were no wars or even major military operations. His time at the helm was marked by a long string of short periods of escalation in the territories and along the borders, as well as special operations beyond Israel’s borders. He should be held in high regard for his part in actually heading off the drift from escalation to war.

Eisenkot prevented the Netanyahu government from descending into war at least twice. In the fall of 2015, a wave of “lone-wolf” terrorism erupted in which hundreds of Palestinians set out to commit stabbings and car rammings, some of them within the Green Line. It was Eisenkot who resisted the politicians’ pressure to impose wide-scale collective punishment on the attackers’ villages and towns, on the argument that it would........

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