According to the Jerusalem Post, the Israel Defense Force's Chief of the General Staff, Lieut.- General Dan Halutz, has appointed Maj.-Gen. Moshe Kaplinsky, Deputy Chief of the General Staff, as his "representative" to the Israeli Northern Command -- the major command for IDF forces in Lebanon.
The officer commanding Israeli Northern Command, Maj.-Gen. Udi Adam, is not being replaced, the Jerusalem Post assures us. Has anybody told General Adam this? General Halutz, according to the article, has expressed his "full confidence" in Northern Command's leadership.
Excuse me for being skeptical, General Halutz, but that just does not wash. In an era of instant digital communications, you don't need your own spy in General Adam's headquarters. Looks to me like General Adam is being fired without explicitly saying so. I'm evidently not the only one who thinks this. The JPost says that "Some senior officers in the Northern Command were reportedly more disturbed. They stated that the nomination was a real hit to Adam's authority." No kidding.
General Halutz, your troops deserve better than that. If you have a real problem with General Adam, you ought to relieve him, and not send officers to play "representative." Now everybody getting orders from General Adam will wonder if that officer has yours, and the government's, confidence, or not. I bet that does wonders for morale.
Yet another sign that all is not well in the IDF.
UPDATE (2 p.m., 9 Aug.). An AP story, with more on Maj.-Gen. Kaplinsky's background, here. What an invidious position for General Adam to be in !