updated 9/13/2006 4:59:44 AM ET 2006-09-13T08:59:44

An Israeli general pushed aside in the middle of the recent war against Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon announced his resignation on Wednesday, the army said.

Maj. Gen. Udi Adam, head of the northern command responsible for securing the Israel-Lebanon border, asked to leave his post “as soon as possible,” the army said in a statement.

“The chief of staff has accepted the request to begin the process of his replacement,” the statement said.

Israeli media reported that Adam had several disagreements with Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz, the army chief, during the war. Military analysts said Adam was seen as too cautious and hesitant and Halutz appointed Maj. Gen. Moshe Kaplinski, the deputy army chief, to command the war while the fighting was still raging.

The month of battles against Hezbollah ended in August with a U.N.-brokered cease-fire but without a decisive victory for Israel. A total of 159 Israelis and at least 854 Lebanese, most of them civilians, were killed in the fighting.

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