Galant is out. Naveh is in, at least temporarily.
It appears my fears of yesterday are being realized regarding the replacement for Yoav Galant as IDF chief of staff. Any sentient person realizes that whoever takes that post will have blood on his hands. And indeed, the new interim candidate is Yair Naveh, an officer with a past equally tainted as Galant’s was. It was Naveh who ordered the assassination of unarmed Palestinian militants, a potential war crime which motivated Anat Kamm to leak documents from his office when she worked there. It was Naveh who, when asked by Blau why he didn’t respect the rulings of the Supreme Court regarding targeted killings said:
“Stop bothering me with the rulings of the Supreme Court. I don’t know when they apply and when they don’t. I do know that targeted killings work and prevent terror attacks. I take my orders from the operations command [and not human rights activists].”
When asked by Blau: “Why do you approve beforehand an attack on an unidentified target [an innocent bystander],’ Naveh answered: ‘These are questions you shouldn’t direct to me. These matters are approved at the level of the prime minister and what is done is done.
This is what will now command Israel’s national army brought up with its mother’s milk to believe in the concept of the “purity of arms.” A laughingstock is what it is I’m sorry to say. Naveh implicitly accepts Blau’s terms by acknowledging that he’s contravened the rulings of the Court by saying that his commanders and prime minister are his ultimate authority and not some puny court. Is this the rule of law? Or the law of the jungle?
As a citizen and soldier of the State of Israel I feel respect for the High Court, its judges, and decisions. As an IDF commanders, the rulings of the Court are ones that I do not dispute. This is how I conducted myself when I was senior officer of the Central Command, and how I conduct myself now.
Look. What do we expect. Israel’s army and politics, again I’m sorry to say, is a place in which liars, fools, sex fiends, charlatans and thieves rule. That’s why Galant was tripped up. It’s why Yair Naveh can lie through his teeth with a straight face when it suits him.
The Walla report on this story notes that Naveh did not dispute that he uttered these words to Blau, but rather that the reporter ‘misinterpreted’ them, the language of scoundrels everywhere caught out in a lie they seek to take back. He finesses the matter now by saying that he relied on the orders he was given by his superiors presuming that they followed the rulings of the Court. I don’t know about you but I think I’m going to be sick.
I’d almost rather have Moshe Feiglin be chief of staff. At least you know he wouldn’t waste his breath with nonsense like this. He would tell the Court to shove it and dare the Court to take action against him. Then we could have a real test of democracy and see who would win. But with liars and scoundrels like Naveh, democracy and the rule of law don’t stand a chance. The Court laps up what Naveh put before it today and will gladly approve his nomination because it wants to trust him. It doesn’t have the guts to doubt him. That’s the tragedy of Israeli democracy. No one is minding the shop.
And as if we don’t have enough to be disturbed about regarding Naveh, it was he who, as CEO of the Jerusalem light rail project, determined that cars be segregated by gender so as not to offend the sensibilities of the Haredi community. When women’s groups were up in arms, he responded by saying he was honoring the civil rights of the Orthodox community! Clearly, this is a guy with a Teflon mouth capable of talking his way out of almost any embarrassing situation.