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Israel Defense Forces: General Staff

(January 2019)

To maintain a professional, efficient and precise army, a forum of senior commanders, known as the General Staff, leads the Israel Defense Forces. Heading the forum is the Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi; he is the commander of the army. Under him are 24 major generals and brigadier generals who are responsible for the different branches and departments of the IDF.

IDF Chief of the General Staff- Lt. General Aviv Kochavi

Deputy Chief of Staff- Maj. Gen. Eyal Zamir

Commander of the Israeli Navy- Vice Admiral Eli Sharvit

Commander of the Ground Forces- Major General Yaacov (Kobi) Barak

Commander of the Israeli Air Force- Major General Amikam Norkin

GOC Northern Command- Major General Yoel Strick

GOC Central Command- Major General Nadav Padan

GOC Southern Command- Major General Herzl (Herzi) Halevi

GOC Home Front Command- Major General Tamir Yadai

Head of the Military Intelligence Directorate- Major General Tamir Hayman

Head of the Manpower Directorate- Major General Mordechai (Moti) Almoz

Head of Operations Directorate- Major General Aharon Haliva

Head of Planning Directorate- Major General Amir Abulafia

Head of Technological and Logistics Directorate- Major General Yitzhak Turgeman

Head of C4I Directorate- Major General Lior Carmeli

Military Advocate General- Major General Sharon Afek

Chief Military Rabbi- Brigadier General Eyal Karim

Head of the Doctrine and Training Division- Brigadier General Daniel (Danny) Gold

Military Secretary to the Minister of Defense- Brigadier General Yair Coles

Commander of the Military Colleges- Major General Amir Baram

Commander of the Depth Corps- Major General Muni Katz

IDF Spokesperson- Brigadier General Ronen Manelis

Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories- Major General Yoav (Poli) Mordechai

President of the Military Court of Appeals- Major General Doron Piles

Director of the Budget Department and Financial Advisor to the Chief of Staff- Brigadier General Ariella Knoll Lazarovich

Military Secretary to the Prime Minister- Brigadier General Eliezer Toledano

Chief Reserve Officer- Brigadier General Ari Singer

Commander of the Northern Corps- Major General Amir Baram

Gender Affair Advisor to the Chief of Staff- Brigadier General Sharon Nir

IDF Comptroller- Brigadier General Ilan Harari

Commander of the IDF’s General Staff Corps- Major General Yossi Bachar


Source: Israel Defense Forces