Lt. Gen. (Res). Minister Moshe (Bogie) Ya’alon
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Moshe Ya’alon served as the 17th IDF chief of staff from 2002 to 2005.
Ya’alon’s mandatory army service, which began in 1968, was in the Nahal Paratrooper Regiment. After serving as a reserve soldier in the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Ya’alon returned to active duty and completed officer training.
He held several command positions in the IDF Paratroop Brigade, climbing the ranks in the IDF to serve as the head of the Military Intelligence, OC Central Command, and was appointed chief of staff on July 9, 2002.
From the end of 2005, Ya’alon spent time in Washington DC as a military fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Between 2006-2008, he was a fellow at the Adelson Institute for Strategic Studies, was chairman of Beit Morasha's Center for Jewish Identity and Culture, and was president of "Shekel." He pursued advanced studies at the Command and Staff College in England, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Haifa.
Between 2009-2013 Ya'alon was the minister of foreign affairs.