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Gadi Eizenkot Born 19 May, 1960 150px Place of birth Eilat, Israel Allegiance Israel Defense Force Service/branch Operations Directorate, Northern Command Years of service 1978— Rank Aluf Commands held Commander of the Northern Command,Commander of the Golani Brigade, Military Secretary to the Prime Minister, Commander of the West Bank Division, Commander of the Operations Directorate Battles/wars First Lebanon War, South Lebanon conflict (1982–2000), First Intifada, Second Intifada, Second Lebanon War Aluf Gadi Eizenkot (born May 19, 1960) is a general in the Israel Defense Forces and the current head of Israeli Northern Command. After joining the IDF Eizenkot was assigned to the Golani Brigade, which he himself would eventually command from 1997-8. During that time he received a B.A. in History from Tel Aviv University and attended the US Army and Security Studies course. In 1999 Eizenkot was selected to be the Military Secretary for the Prime Minister and the Minister of Defense under then Prime Minister Ehud Barak. Since then he has commanded the 366th Division and the West Bank Division. He was promoted to head of Israeli Operations Directorate in June 2005. After Maj. Gen. Udi Adam resigned in October 2006 amid criticism over his conduct in the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict, Eizenkot replaced him as head of the Northern Command.[1] Strategic vision Eisenkot is credited with being the most prominent exponent of the Dahiya doctrine (sometimes spelled as Dahieh or Dahiyeh), a proposed and approved defense strategy of Israel under which "Israel finally realizes that Arabs should be accountable for their leaders' acts"[2] It is named after a Hizbullah stronghold in Beirut that Israel flattened from the air in the 34-day Second Lebanon War. He expressed the doctrine's premise as follows: "What happened in the Dahiya quarter of Beirut in 2006 will happen in every village from which Israel is fired on. [...] We will apply disproportionate force on it and cause great damage and destruction there. From our standpoint, these are not civilian villages, they are military bases. [...] This is not a recommendation. This is a plan. And it has been approved.[3] There would be no mercy shown "when it comes to hitting the national infrastructure of a state that, in practice, is controlled by Hizbullah...."[4] Notes ^ "Eisencott replaces Adam as OC Northern Command", Jerusalem Post, October 19, 2006. Retrieved October 21, 2006. ^ "Israel finally realizes that Arabs should be accountable for their leaders’ acts" The Dahiya strategy, according to IDF Northern Command Chief Gadi Eisenkot. Interview in Yedioth Ahronoth. 10.06.08. ^ Report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict (September 15, 2009). "HUMAN RIGHTS IN PALESTINE AND OTHER OCCUPIED ARAB TERRITORIES". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-09-15.  ^ "From our standpoint, these are not civilian villages, they are military bases" Israel warns Hizbullah war would invite destruction, Maj.-Gen. Eisenkot tells Yedioth Ahronoth. 10.03.08 References Bio from IDF v • d • e Heads of Northern Command Carmel (1948–49) · Avidar (1949–52) · Dayan (1952) · Simhoni (1952–54) · Tzadok (1954–56) · Rabin (1956–59) · Zorea (1959–62) · Yoffe (1962–64) · Elazar (1964–69) · Gur (1969-72) · Hofi (1972–74) · Gur (1974) · Eitan (1974–77) · Ben-Gal (1977–81) · Drori (1981–83) · Or (1983–86) · Peled (1986–91) · Mordechai (1991–94) · Levin (1994–98) · Ashkenazi (1998–2002) · Gantz (2002–05) · Adam (2005–06) · Eizenkot (2006–) Persondata Name Eizenkot, Gadi Alternative names Short description Date of birth 1960 Place of birth Eilat, Israel Date of death Place of death