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Israeli General Resigns After Criticism of His Conduct in Lebanon War


An Israeli general has resigned after a military investigation criticized his conduct during Israel's recent war with Hezbollah.

Brigadier-General Gal Hirsch is the second Israeli general to quit since the month-long conflict ended in August with a U.N.-brokered ceasefire.

Hirsch served as head of the Galilee Brigades, an army division responsible for patrolling Israel's border with Lebanon. He was in charge of the reservist unit that was ambushed by Hezbollah militants in a cross-border raid on July 12.

Three Israeli soldiers were killed and two were abducted in the attack, which sparked the 34-day war.

Hirsch submitted his resignation Sunday after a military inquiry accused him of inadequate conduct leading up to the Hezbollah raid.

The inquiry found that the ambushed army unit had not prepared itself for a possible Hezbollah attack aimed at capturing soldiers.

Hirsch criticized the inquiry, saying he had acted correctly. He says he resigned because of the strain the war had caused to his family.

His departure follows the resignation in September of Udi Adam, the top general in charge of Israel's northern front.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.
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