Maj. Gen. Yehoshua Saguy, who was criticized for "indifference and conspicuous lack of concern" by the Israeli commission that investigated the Beirut massacre of Palestinian refugees, has resigned as chief of military intelligence, the Israeli Army announced today.
The Army also announced that Brig. Gen. Amos Yaron, who was commander of all Israeli forces in Beirut at the time of the massacre, has been removed from field command as recommended by the massacre commission. Yaron retains another post--which is not a field position--as the Army's chief infantry and paratroop officer, according to a military spokesman.
The announcement of the actions against the two generals completed implementation of the commission's recommendations regarding the military.
The panel made no recommendations about the futures of two other officers who were involved in the investigation--Lt. Gen. Rafael Eitan, the Army chief of staff, who is scheduled to retire in April, and Maj. Gen. Amir Drori, the Army's northern commander.
Saguy, whose ouster as chief of military intelligence was called for by the inquiry commission, will remain in the Army with unspecified duties, the spokesman said. Saguy will be replaced temporarily by Brig. Gen. Aryeh Ben-Tov, the Army's chief intelligence officer, until a new head of military intelligence is named.
Saguy was faulted by the commission for failing to warn of the risk of a massacre by Lebanese Christian Phalangist militiamen who were sent by the Israeli Army into the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in southern Beirut.
The panel said that Saguy, based on his experience, was convinced that such a warning would not have been heeded, but added that "the fear that his words would not receive sufficient attention and would be rejected does not justify total inaction."
Yaron was criticized for "insensitivity" to early reports of civilian casualties inside the camps and for failing to convey those reports to superior officers