(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)
Following are Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's remarks today (Wednesday),
17.1.06, in wake of the resignation of IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan
"Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz met personally with me on Sunday,
14.1.07, and handed me his letter of resignation. The Chief-of-Staff asked
that the publication of his announcement be delayed. He has now delivered
this announcement to the public and has not acceded to my request that he
I very much regret the Chief-of-Staff's resignation.
Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz is one of Israel's great soldiers. He served in the IDF
for 40 years. He was an outstanding IAF pilot. He participated in dozens
of combat actions in which he led those under his command to unprecedented
achievements. Lt.-Gen. Halutz commanded the Air Force with special
excellence before serving as Deputy Chief-of-Staff and Chief-of-Staff.
Lt.-Gen. Halutz is a brave and exemplary person who faithfully served his
country with unparalleled personal sacrifice. The entire nation shares in
the deep appreciation that I and the Government feel towards him.
In recent months, I spoke many times with the Chief-of-Staff. In all of our
meetings, he showed a determination to lead the IDF through an unprecedented
series of investigations in order to draw the necessary lessons from the
fighting in Lebanon and in order to allow the IDF to best prepare for future
Now, as the investigations stage comes to an end, he has decided to finish
his duties and allow his replacement to implement the necessary changes.
I have no doubt that Dan Halutz will - in the future - continue to serve the
State of Israel with the same talent and dedication that he has all his
In the coming days, in coordination with Defense Minister Amir Peretz, I
will hold a series of consultations on the appointment of the next
Chief-of-Staff with Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, former Prime Ministers,
Opposition Chairman MK Benjamin Netanyahu, former Defense Ministers, Knesset
Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Chairman MK Tzahi Hanegbi,
Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Halutz and former Chiefs-of-Staff.
I spoke this morning with Defense Minister Peretz and we decided to complete
this process as soon as possible and to submit the chosen candidate for the
post of Chief-of-Staff to the committee chaired by retired Supreme Court
Judge Yaacov Terkel."
IMRA - Independent Media Review and Analysis
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