Israel's prime minister and defense minister have announced that a career officer with deep experience battling Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon has been selected as the country's next military chief.

Maj. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot is Israel's deputy military chief. He has held key posts during a three-decade career, including the military's head of operations, its West Bank commander and its military secretary to former Prime Minister Ehud Barak.

Eisenkot developed a reputation as being level-headed during a war against Hezbollah in 2006 and was put in charge of the northern command, which is responsible for the border with Lebanon, after the war ended in stalemate.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wished Eisenkot success Saturday as the 21st military chief in Israeli history.

He will succeed the current chief, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz.