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City Club of Cleveland - Israel Defense Forces
Lieutenant-General Moshe Ya'alon
Former Chief-of-Staff, Israel Defense Forces

Moshe Ya'alon, recently retired head of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), will speak about the security situation in the Middle East and his concerns about Irans nuclear program.

Drafted into the IDF in 1968, Yaalon served in the Nahal Brigade Paratroop Regiment and as a reserve paratrooper during the 1973 Yom Kippur War and the liberation of the Suez Canal. He returned to active service after the war and completed officers training, where he held several command positions in the IDF Paratroop Brigade and commanded its reconnaissance unit during the 1978 Litani operation.

From 1979 to 1982, Yaalon served in an elite unit and fought in Operation Peace for Galilee. He then rose to become deputy commander of the IDF Paratroop Brigade, and near the end of his term, was wounded in Lebanon.

In 1986, Yaalon left to pursue advanced studies at the command and staff college in Camberly, England. When he returned to Israel, he became deputy commander of the elite unit in which he had previously served. In 1989, he retrained in the IDF Armored Corps and completed a BA in Political Science at the University of Haifa.

In February 1990, Yaalon was appointed commander of the IDF Paratroop Brigade. In January 1992, he was appointed OC Judea and Samaria and promoted to the rank of brigadier-general.

In August 1993, Yaalon was appointed commander of the ground forces training facility at Tzeelim and commander of an armored division. In June 1995, he was appointed OC Intelligence and promoted to the rank of major-general, and in May 1998, was appointed OC Central Command. On September 15, 2000, Yaalon was appointed IDF Deputy Chief-of-Staff. On July 9, 2002, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-General and served as IDF Chief-of-Staff until June 2005.
July 24, 2006