Witness: Inhumane treatment on flotilla

Witness: Inhumane treatment on flotilla

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Turkish witnesses testified Thursday Israeli forces treated them inhumanely during a 2010 attack on a flotilla that resulted in the deaths of nine people.

Turkey seeks trial for Israeli leaders

TEL AVIV, Israel, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- An Israeli civil rights law firm Tuesday came out strongly against Turkey's decision to try former Israeli military chiefs for the deaths of nine activists.

Netanyahu strike report boosts war fears

TEL AVIV, Israel, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- An Israeli television report that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu ordered the Jewish state's military to prepare for a strike against Iran's nuclear facilities in 2010 has heightened war fears in the Middle East.

Report: Officials nixed Iran strike prep

JERUSALEM, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Israeli military and Mossad leaders refused an order to prepare for a strike on Iran nuclear facilities, fearing a war would start, an investigation indicated.
Israeli Army chief calls for involvement

Israeli Army chief calls for involvement

HERZLIYA, Israel, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- A former Israeli military chief of staff told a conference in Israel politicians and military leaders must work together more closely in war planning.

Israeli report critical of flotilla raid

JERUSALEM, June 13 (UPI) -- Israel's state comptroller cited serious flaws in the decision- making process that led to the military raid on the Turkish boat Mavi Mamara in May 2010.

4 top Israeli officers indicted in Turkey

ISTANBUL, Turkey, May 28 (UPI) -- A Turkish court said Monday it accepted indictments against four high-ranking Israeli military officers, charging them with murder during a 2010 naval blockade.

4 ex-Israeli commanders indicted over raid

ISTANBUL, Turkey, May 23 (UPI) -- A Turkish prosecutor's indictment seeks life prison sentences for four ex-Israeli commanders involved in the 2010 attack on the Gaza-bound Mavi Marmara ship.

Car bombs seen as Hezbollah's revenge

TEL AVIV, Israel, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Israeli intelligence saw car bomb attacks Monday against Israelis in India and Georgia as revenge strikes by Hezbollah for the assassination of Imad Mughniyeh.

Israel fears Hezbollah targets top general

TEL AVIV, Israel, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- The Israeli military has tightened security around former chief of staff Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi amid fears that Hezbollah plans revenge attacks to mark the upcoming fourth anniversary of the assassination if its iconic military chief.

Israel tests 'Iran missile' amid war talk

TEL AVIV, Israel, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Israel has test-fired a ballistic missile, believed to be a nuclear-capable Jericho-3 and the type of weapon that could be used in any assault on Iran's nuclear program.
Israel plans for next Mideast conflict

Israel plans for next Mideast conflict

JERUSALEM, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- In the next conflict with Hamas or Hezbollah, civilian populations will have to be evacuated, Israeli Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi said.

Israeli PM accuses Iran of lies

JERUSALEM, May 11 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Tuesday said Iran is spreading lies to worsen the relationship between Israel and Syria, and to incite war.

No fifth year for Israeli chief of staff

JERUSALEM, April 6 (UPI) -- Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, head of the Israeli general staff, was told Tuesday his term will not be extended when it ends in February 2011, officials say.
Israeli Arab spy sentenced to prison

Israeli Arab spy sentenced to prison

JERUSALEM, April 6 (UPI) -- An Israeli Arab was sentenced to prison Tuesday for giving Hezbollah information about the head of the Israel Defense Forces, prosecutors said.
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Gabi Ashkenazi
Lieutenant General Gabi Ashkenazi takes over as the 19th Israel Defense Forces chief of staff, replacing Dan Halutz, on February 14, 2007. Ashkenazi said during the handover ceremony that the IDF is ready to implement the lessons of the second Lebanon war. The handover ceremony took place at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem. (UPI Photo/Rina Castelnuovo/POOL)

Gavriel "Gabi" Ashkenazi (Hebrew: גבי אשכנזי‎, born February 25, 1954), was the Chief of General Staff (Hebrew: רמטכ"ל Ramatkal) of the Israel Defence Forces from 2007 to 2011.

Ashkenazi was born and grew up in Hagor, a moshav, or cooperative agricultural community in the Sharon region of central Israel. Ashkenazi's father, a Bulgarian Jewish Holocaust survivor, and mother, a Syrian Jew, helped found the community. Ashkenazi completed high school at a military boarding school affiliated with the prestigious Gymnasia Herzliya in Tel Aviv. His roommates included Yigal Schwartz, a major figure in Israeli literature, and Yoav Toker, a Paris-based broadcast journalist.

Drafted into Israel's Golani Brigade in 1972, Ashkenazi first saw action in the Sinai Peninsula during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. In July 1976 Ashkenazi was a platoon commander in the force that carried out Operation Thunderbolt, a mission to rescue hostages held in Uganda, but he did not participate in the battle at Entebbe Airport. Ashkenazi's first of many experiences in Lebanon came in 1978 during Operation Litani. Ashkenazi was wounded in the fighting and left the IDF before being asked to return as a battalion commander two years later. During the 1982 Lebanon War, Ashkenazi served as Deputy Commander of the Golani Brigade and commanded the forces which captured Beaufort Castle, and the towns of Nabatieh and Jabel Baruch. Promoted to Commander of the Golani in 1987, Ashkenazi was reportedly popular with his brigade's combat soldiers during his nearly two-year tenure in that post.

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