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Lt. Gen. Moshe Yaalon

Israeli Politician and Former Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces, who also served as Israel's Defense Minister from 2013-2016

Lt. Gen. Moshe Yaalon served as chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) from 2002 to 2005. Born in 1950 in Kiryat Haim, he was drafted into the IDF in 1968. He served as a reserve paratrooper during the 1973 Yom Kippur War and participated on the Suez front. In 1986, General Yaalon…

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Lt. Gen. Moshe Yaalon served as chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) from 2002 to 2005. Born in 1950 in Kiryat Haim, he was drafted into the IDF in 1968. He served as a reserve paratrooper during the 1973 Yom Kippur War and participated on the Suez front. In 1986, General Yaalon left to pursue advanced studies in Camberly, England. When he returned to Israel, he became commander of an elite unit in which he had previously served.

In January 1992, Yaalon was appointed commanding officer for Judea and Samaria and promoted to the rank of brigadier-general. In May 1998, he was appointed commander officer for Central Command. General Yaalon was promoted to the rank of lieutenant-general and appointed the seventeenth IDF chief of staff on July 9, 2002, a position he held until June 1, 2005.

General Yaalon is married and has three children.

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