Amikam Nurkin becomes new Israeli Air Force commander

Senior IDF officials attended the ceremony welcoming Amikam Nurkin as the new Israeli Air Force commander. Nurkin replaced Amir Eshel, who held the position for the past five years.
Nurkin (L), Eshel (R) Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson's Unit/Channel 2 News

At an official ceremony in the presence of Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot on Thursday, Major General Amikam Nurkin replaced Amir Eshel as the commander of the Israeli Air Force. Eshel, who held the position for the past five years, is expected to be discharged soon after 40 years of military service.

Lieberman thanked Eshel for his years of service and dedication and wished Nurkin good luck in his new position. “Your years as the commander of the air force were very significant and very productive during a very complicated period,” he told Eshel. Lieberman then turned to the IAF’s new commander and said: “Nurkin, you are entering this position and will immediately start to deal with many challenges.”

During his speech, Nurkin addressed the threats and challenges the IAF will face in the coming years, saying that he is “aware of the magnitude of the challenge.” Nurkin also promised that under his leadership, the IAF will work closely together with the other Israeli military forces and be composed of “high-quality and dedicated people who are proud of their contribution to Israel’s security.”

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