The Military Secretary to the Prime Minister (Hebrew: המזכיר הצבאי של ראש הממשלה, Ha-Mazkir Ha-Tzvaei Shel Rosh-Ha'Memshalah), is the senior military adviser to the Prime Minister of Israel on military and national security issues. As a member of the Military Staff, the position is privy to most products of the Israeli Intelligence Community. The position's current incumbent is Major-General Eyal Zamir.
History[edit | edit source]
Earlier Military Secretaries held the rank of Lieutenant Colonel (Hebrew: סגן אלוף). In later years, Major-General's (Hebrew: אלוף) and Brigadier Generals (Hebrew: תת-אלוף) have served in the position.
Position's influence[edit | edit source]
It has been suggested that the raising of status of the Military Secretary has resulted in military considerations unduly weighing upon Israel's national security policy at the expense of other considerations. It has been additionally suggested[by whom?] that to remedy this, the position of Military Secretary ought to be held by a lower rank. Critics of this view have suggested that the Military Secretary's influence follows that of other positions, namely, the National Security Council and the National Security Advisor.
List of Military Secretaries[edit | edit source]
|Lt. Colonel Nehemiah Argov||1948–1957||Did not serve in 1954–55|
|Maj. General Chaim Ben-David||1957–1963|
|Brig. General Yisrael Lior||1963–1974|
|Brig. General Efraim Poran||1974–1981|
|Brig. General Azriel Nevo||1981–1993|
|Maj. General Danny Yatom||1993–1996|
|Maj. General Zeev Livne||1996–1997|
|Maj. General Gadi Eisenkot||1999–2001||Currently Chief of General Staff.|
|Maj. General Moshe Kaplinsky||2001–2002|
|Maj. General Yoav Galant||2002–2005|
|Maj. General Gadi Shamni||2005–2007|
|Maj. General Meir Kalifi||2007–2009|
|Maj. General Yohanan Locker||2010–2012|||
|Maj. General Eyal Zamir||2012–2015|
|Brigadier General Eliezer Toledano ||2015-||Incumbent|
References[edit | edit source]
- Haviv Rettig Gur (6 January 2014). "Inside Israel's White House: How Netanyahu runs the country". The Times of Israel. http://www.timesofisrael.com/inside-israels-white-house-how-netanyahu-runs-the-country/. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
- IAF Brig.-Gen. Yohanan Locker announced as PM's new military secretary[dead link], Jerusalem Post, 24 December 2009
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