DM Ben-Eliezer Nominates Maj.-Gen. Ya’alon as next IDF Chief-of-Staff
(Communicated by the Defense Minister’s Media Adviser)
Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer on Wednesday, March 13, 2002, decided to recommend that the government appoint IDF Deputy Chief-of-Staff Maj.-Gen. Moshe ("Bugie") Ya’alon to the post of IDF Chief-of-Staff. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon concurs with Defense Minister Ben-Eliezer’s recommendation, which will be submitted to the committee on senior appointments chaired by Judge Bach. It will then be submitted to the government in accordance with Basic Law: The IDF. Maj.-Gen. Ya’alon, as the candidate to become the IDF’s 17th chief-of-staff, is due to succeed Lt.-Gen. Shaul Mofaz on July 9, 2002.
Defense Minister Ben-Eliezer summoned Maj.-Gen. Uzi Dayan, OC Air Force Maj.-Gen. Dan Halutz and OC Intelligence Maj.-Gen. Amos Malka and informed them of his decision. The round of IDF appointments, including the IDF deputy chief-of-staff, will be decided upon soon by the Defense Minister and the Chief-of-Staff-designate.
Defense Minister Ben Eliezer believes that all of the candidates for the post of IDF chief-of-staff were good and deserving but chose Maj.-Gen. Ya’alon as the most appropriate candidate to lead the military and deal with the IDF’s current and expected missions and challenges.
Following is a brief curriculum vitae of Moshe Ya’alon:
Moshe Ya’alon was born in 1950 in Kiryat Haim. He was drafted into the IDF in 1968 and served in the Nahal Brigade Paratroop Regiment.
He served as a reserve paratrooper during the 1973 Yom Kippur War and participated in the liberation of the Suez Canal. He returned to active service after the war and completed officer’s training. He held several command positions in the IDF Paratroop Brigade and commanded its reconnaissance unit during the 1978 Litani operation.
He served in an elite unit between 1979-1982 and fought in Operation Peace for Galilee. He then rose to become deputy commander of the IDF Paratroop Brigade. Near the end of his term, he was wounded in Lebanon.
In 1986, he left to pursue advanced studies at the command and staff college in Kimberly, England. When he returned to Israel, he became deputy commander of the elite unit in which he had previously served.
In 1989-90, he retrained in the IDF Armored Corps and completed a BA in Political Science at the University of Haifa.
In February 1990, he was appointed commander of the IDF Paratroop Brigade.
On January 3, 1992, he was appointed OC Judea and Samaria and promoted to the rank of brigadier-general.
On August 16, 1993, he was appointed commander of the ground forces training facility at Tze’elim and commander of an armored division.
On June 22, 1995, he was appointed OC Intelligence and promoted to the rank of major-general.
On May 17, 1998, he was appointed OC Central Command.
On September 15, 2000, he was appointed IDF Deputy Chief-of-Staff.
Moshe Ya’alon is married and the father of three children.