Army Appoints New Deputy Chief Of Staff
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) _ The Israeli army Tuesday named as deputy chief of staff Maj. Gen. Amir Drori, who had been reprimanded in connection with massacres at two Palestinian refugee camps in 1982.
Drori replaces Maj. Gen. Dan Shomron who will take a leave of absence to study military matters in Israel and abroad, the army command said in a statement.
Newspapers have reported that Drori’s apppointment was part of a power struggle for the post of chief of staff which becomes vacant in April 1987. Shomron is the other contender, the papers reported.
Drori, 49, headed the Ground Corps Command until recently and was in charge of Israeli troops during the 1982 Lebanon invasion.
The Kahan Commission of Inquiry into the massacres at Beirut’s Sabra and Chatilla refugees camps in 1982 reprimanded Drori for breach of duty.
The commission said Drori failed to follow up on efforts to halt the massacre of 700 to 800 Palestinians in the camps by Israeli-backed Christian Phalangist militiamen.
Drori was decorated for bravery after being wounded in the recapture of Mount Hermon from Syrian troops in 1973.
Shomron, 49, commanded the rescue operation to free Israeli hijacking hostages in Entebbe, Uganda, in 1976.
He has served as deputy to Chief of Staff Moshe Levy since April 1983.