Meet Israel’s New Defense Minister

Photo: Wikipedia/ Reuven Kapuscinski

As Ehud Barak, the former Prime Minister and most decorated soldier in Israel’s short but storied history, leaves his post as Defense Minister – a post he was extraordinarily good at – attention around the globe has turned to the man who will replace him: Moshe “Bogie” Ya’alon.

Ya’alon, like Barak, is a decorated general and a former Ramatkal – Chief of Staff of the IDF. Ya’alon served as the commander of Israel’s Central Command (which oversees the territory of the West Bank) during the worst part of the 2001-2002 terror war against Israel. In mid-2002 he was promoted to Ramatkal and served in that role until early 2005. His early military career, like most Israeli military leaders, included service in the paratroopers and in Israel’s elite Sayeret Matkal. He spent three years as head of Israel’s military intelligence service. He has been a close advisor on military matters to Prime Minister Netanyahu (who, himself, is a veteran of Sayeret Matkal).

In 2005, Ya’alon opposed Israel’s plan unilaterally to withdraw from the Gaza Strip. That disagreement with then-Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz and the government of Ariel Sharon led to the end of his tenure as IDF Chief.

He is known to believe in dealing with enemies from a position of strength, to have little faith in Palestinian leaders, and once said “there is no way to stabilize the Middle East today without defeating the Iranian regime.” It would be fair to call him a pragmatic hardliner.

The loss of Ehud Barak is a hard one. His steady hand will be missed. But Bogie Ya’alon is as well-prepared as anyone could be to step into this new role. We hope you will join us in praying for him.

Author: Stand For Israel | March 18, 2013


What do you think?

  • Ruben
    March 27, 2013
    11:18 pm

    God bless this man for the job he has is not easy all the eyes of the world will be on him .

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  • Glenda
    March 21, 2013
    3:33 pm

    I will always have Moshe Ya’ in my Prayers and for Isreal, Where God is! God Bless you Sir.

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  • Lindy
    March 20, 2013
    8:56 am

    Yes strength wisdom and courage to you Moshe Ya’Alon
    May God bless and keep you …guide you in your huge role for Israel.

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  • Rev Simeon
    March 19, 2013
    3:19 pm

    Praise Father G-d for the patience of the Prime Minister to appoint Adon Moshe Ya’alon,a decorated General, to and for the post of Defence Minister…a Post that needs a special man for a special time as this…Shalom Adon Moshe.

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  • stan
    March 19, 2013
    11:06 am

    AM ISRAEL CHAI ! ! !

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  • Carl
    March 19, 2013
    9:54 am

    Sounds Good !

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  • James
    March 19, 2013
    8:09 am

    There is one thing I believed. All the Israelites are hard fighters. The Lord God Almighty would direct Bogie Ya’alon what to do in the defense of Israel. God is with them all.

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    • Elizabeth
      March 21, 2013
      8:36 pm

      James, I agree with you. The LORD is with Israel. The LORD well PROTECT her and be with her ALL THE WAY. God is with you and SHALL DIRECT YOUR PATH.

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  • thomas
    March 19, 2013
    7:28 am

    may GOD BLESS him in his really not easy job AMEN

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  • Lulu
    March 19, 2013
    6:37 am

    Peace to Israel!! Congratulations Ya’alon!! keep up all the good done. God is on your side. Ehud Barak is not a loss but a greater asset on the side line. Let the people of Israel rejoice and come hom

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  • John
    March 19, 2013
    3:58 am

    I would not rely on the present United States administration. the United States has a president who cannot be trusted. Israel you might have to defend yourself.

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    • Elizabeth
      March 21, 2013
      8:46 pm

      I don’t trust our own President eirther. He gave Millions of $$$$ to the “Muslim Brotherhood, gave 1.5 Billions of $$$ for the F-16. He spent Millions of $$$ to have his records sealed. What happened in Benghazi is unspeakable. Clinton is also to blame on that one. The American people have been deceived. I believe he is a Muslim born in Kenya, as sure as the Lord is standing here that is what I believe.

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    • Deloris
      March 22, 2013
      2:21 am

      John, I agree. He is the Lawless one and known as the ‘renegade.’ Trusting him for anything is like putting the fox in the henhouse to guard the hens!hevdoes not stand for Chrustian or American values

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  • Beth
    March 19, 2013
    2:00 am

    We will pray for you Moshe Ya’ Alon..may G- d be with you…..

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  • Jeffrey
    March 18, 2013
    10:51 pm

    Israel needs to have a tough man as defence minister. One who will not flinch to the enemy. I will pray for him. May God grant him wisdom, strength and favour as he assumes this important post. Shalom

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