Israeli military appoints new air force chief

AP News
Posted: Feb 05, 2012 10:10 AM
Israeli military appoints new air force chief

Israel's military has picked a new air force chief at a time of growing tension with Iran.

The military said Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel, 52, was appointed Sunday and takes over in April.

U.S. officials say Israel might be planning to attack Iran's nuclear facilities in the spring.

Israel and other countries believe Iran is developing nuclear weapons, a charge Iran denies. Israel views Iran as a threat because of its nuclear and missile programs, references to Israel's destruction by it leaders and Tehran's support of violent groups in Gaza and Lebanon.

Defense officials said Eshel is considered "less enthusiastic about a possible attack on Iran" than the current air force chief. They were speaking on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the issue.