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Major-General Moshe Ya’alon (b: 1950), born Moshe Smilansky, is a member of the Netanyahu government "sextet", and is a former Chief of Staff of the Israeli Army. On March 2013, he was appointed Defense Minister, taking over from Ehud Barak.
He was born 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 recapture 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 the invasion of Lebanon. 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, Ya'alon left to pursue advanced studies at the command and staff college in Kimberly, England. 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. In January 1992, he was appointed OC "Judea and Samaria" (i.e., head of the Israeli army of occupation in the West Bank) and promoted to the rank of brigadier-general.
In August 1993, Ya'alon was appointed commander of the ground forces training facility at Tze'elim and commander of an armored division. In June 1995, he was appointed OC Intelligence and promoted to the rank of major-general. In May 1998, he was appointed OC Central Command.
On 15 September 2000, he was appointed IDF Deputy Chief-of-Staff. On 9 July 2002, Ya'alon was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-General and appointed 17th IDF Chief-of-Staff. Moshe Ya'alon is married and the father of three children.
Yossi Verter reports (5 March 2017): 
And if we’re already talking about bizarre political developments, it’s impossible to refrain from mentioning former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon. On Friday, he told Haaretz that he has chosen what he termed the most challenging option: establishing a new party, with himself as its head, via which he will run for prime minister. On Saturday, he repeated this at a culture event in Tel Aviv.