Herzi Halevi

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Herzi Halevi
Herzi Halevi. Herzliya Conference 2016 2016 (cropped).jpg
Herzi Halevi
Born (1967-12-17) December 17, 1967 (age 50)
Jerusalem, Israel
Service/branchIsrael Defense Forces
Years of service1985–
UnitParatroopers Brigade
Commands heldSayeret Matkal, Paratroopers Brigade, 91st Division, Military Intelligence Directorate

Herzl "Herzi" Halevi (Hebrew: הרצי (הרצל) הלוי‎) is a major general in the Israel Defense Forces and the current chief of the Israeli Southern Command.[1] Halevi is the first Orthodox Jew to serve as head of Israeli military intelligence.[2]

Military service[edit]

Halevi was drafted into the IDF in 1985. He volunteered as a paratrooper in the Paratroopers Brigade. He served as a soldier and a squad leader. In 1987 he became an infantry officer after completing Officer Candidate School and return to the Paratroopers Brigade as a platoon leader. Halevi led the Brigade's Anti-tank company in counter-guerrilla operations in South Lebanon.[3] Afterwords he was assigned to Sayeret Matkal, the IDF's special forces unit, where he served as a compamny commander. later on Halevi commanded Sayeret Matkal, during the Second Intifada. His next command was the Menashe Regional Brigade. During Operation Cast Lead Halevi commanded the 35th Paratroopers Brigade.[4] He later commanded the 91st Division.[5] In September 2014 he was appointed as the chief of the Israeli Military Intelligence Directorate. Halevi visited the United States for the second time since being named major general in March 2015.[6]


  1. ^ Bachner, Michael (June 7, 2018). "IDF taps military intel head as new chief of volatile Southern Command". The Times of Israel. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
  2. ^ Goldberg, J.J. (8 October 2014). "A Kippah on the Head of Israel's Intelligence Chief". The Forward. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  3. ^ Gal Perl Finkel, IDF promotes officers who think outside the box, but still follow the line, The Jerusalem Post, June 18, 2018.
  4. ^ Gal Perl Finkel, A NEW STRATEGY AGAINST ISIS, The Jerusalem Post, March 7, 2017.
  5. ^ Jodi Rudoren, To a Philosopher-General in Israel, Peace Is the Time to Prepare for War, The New York Times, November 15, 2013.
  6. ^ http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4634695,00.html