The Chief of the IDF General Staff, Lt. Gen. Shaul Mofaz, appointed today (ý15ý ýSeptemberý) Maj. Gen. Moshe Yaalon to the position of Deputy Chief of the IDF General Staff. The outgoing Deputy Chief of Staff, Maj. Gen. Uzi Dayan, will serve as the Prime Minister’s advisor for national security, and head of the National Security Council.
Maj. Gen. Yaalon (married + 3) served, among his posts, as commander of the General Staff Reconnaissance Unit (Sayeret Matcal), commander of the Paratroopers Brigade, commander of the IDF forces in the West Bank, commander of an armored formation and the central training base for field units, and Director of Military Intelligence. His last position was OC Central Command. During his service he fought in the War of Attrition, the 1973 Yom Kippur War (as a reserve soldier), commanded the Paratroopers reconnaissance unit in the Litani Operation and fought in the “Peace for Galilee” War in Lebanon.
Maj. Gen. Yaalon is a graduate of the Command and Staff College of the British Army, and holds a BA in political science from Haifa University.
Maj. Gen. Dayan (married + 3) served, among his posts, as commander of Sayeret Matcal, commander of an armored brigade and an armored division, commander of a corps, head of the Planning Directorate, OC Central Command and Deputy Chief of the IDF General Staff.
As head of the Planning directorate, he served as head of the security delegation for negotiations with the Jordanians, the Palestinians and the Syrians, and served as the senior liaison officer with the Royal Jordanian Army.
During his service he fought in the Six Day War, the War of Attrition, the Yom Kippur War and the “Peace for Galilee” War in Lebanon. Maj. Gen. Dayan is a graduate of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in mathematics and physics, and an MSC in system operation from Stanford University, California.