The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS -

Gabi Ashke­nazi, 53, was born at Moshav Hagur, near Pe­tah Tik­vah. His fa­ther was a Holo­caust sur­vivor while his mother was born in Syria. The fa­ther-of-two has a BA in po­lit­i­cal science and a man­age­ment qual­i­fi­ca­tion from Har­vard Univer­sity. Con­scripted to the Golani brigade in 1972, he fought in the Yom Kip­pur War and in 1976 took part in the En­tebbe raid. Wounded in 1978, he was back in uni­form by the 1982 Le­banon war. In 1986 he was ap­pointed com­man­der of the Golani brigade and in 1996 pro­moted to ma­jor-gen­eral. In 1998 he was ap­pointed North­ern Front com­man­der and over­saw Is­rael’s 2000 with­drawal from Le­banon. In Oc­to­ber 2000, three sol­diers were cap­tured and killed on the Le­banese border, but an com­mit­tee of in­quiry cleared Mr Ashke­nazi of any blame for the in­ci­dent, and he was ap­pointed deputy chief-of-staff in 2002. In June 2005 he lost out to Dan Ha­lutz for the post of chief-ofgen­eral staff and left the army. In July 2006 he was ap­pointed di­rec­tor-gen­eral of the defence min­istry.

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