ISRAEL: On to the Political Wars

It had been rumored for months, but only last week did the Israeli government itself leak the news: Lieut. General Haim Bar-Lev, 47, chief of staff for the past four years and the man whose name was given to the Bar-Lev Line of Israeli fortifications along the Suez Canal, will leave the army at the end of the year in line with an Israeli tradition of generals retiring before they are 50. Bar-Lev's successor: his oldest friend and current second-in-command as chief of operations, Major General David ("Dado") Elazar, 46.

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