Lt. Gen. (ret.) Moshe Ya'alon

Senior Research Fellow, INSS

Moshe “Bogie” Yaalon has served in the Knesset between 2009 and 2016 and has provided a lifetime of public service for the State of Israel.

Originally from northern Israel, Yaalon moved to Kibbutz Grofit as a teenager before enlisting in the IDF as a paratrooper in 1968. He went on to serve in numerous key positions, such as commanding Israel’s most distinguished special forces unit Sayeret Matkal. He continued to climb in rank, and from 2002 until 2005, he served as Israel’s chief of general staff (head of the IDF) during the harrowing days of the war against Palestinian terror, also known as the "second intifada."

In 2008, Yaalon announced his entrance into Israeli politics as a member of the Likud party and then in 2009 was appointed as minister for strategic affairs and vice prime minister. In 2013 he was appointed as defense minister, a position from which he resigned this past May