WATCH: The IDF officer who wrecked his chances to be chief of staff

On Jan. 15, Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi became IDF chief-of-staff. But there was another candidate in the running who arguably had a better operational record, i24 News reports.

Maj. Gen. Yair Golan was pegged early as a promising future leader of the Israel Defense Forces. But he wrecked his own chances with an inopportune choice of words during a speech at a ceremony marking Israel’s national Holocaust Remembrance Day in 2016.