In an unusual move on Friday morning, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley tweeted her congratulations to an IDF general on his selection by Israel’s defense minister to serve as the next chief of staff of the military
Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, the current IDF deputy chief of staff who has held various other senior positions in the army, will now need to be approved by a vetting committee and the government before he assumes the role.
Explaining Haley’s interest in the appointment, an official at the US Mission to the UN told The Algemeiner on Friday of a personal connection the two had formed during Haley’s first visit to Israel last June. During the trip, the general was assigned as Haley’s chaperone and took the ambassador on a strategic aerial tour of Israel’s borders, pointing out the Jewish state’s geographic vulnerabilities.
“Gen. Kochavi’s helicopter tour gave Ambassador Haley first-hand exposure to the threats Israel faces from one end of the country to the other,” the official said. “She was greatly impressed by his knowledge and experience.”