The Middle East in Geopolitical Earthquake – The Challenges for the West
In the last few years, the Middle East has been going through unprecedented turmoil, which has changed the map and affected the world, mainly the western world. There are a great many challenges on the threshold of the Western world and its' leaders in light of the threats by global terror organizations, which sometimes succeed to terrorize innocent civilians in the Western world while refugees flee the hot spots. The former Israel's Defense Minister and former Chief of General Staff in the Israeli Defense Forces, Lieutenant General (ret.) Moshe (Bogie) Yaalon – one of the most experienced, pragmatic and realistic leaders of the area – presents a deep strategical analysis to the changing situation in the Middle East while suggesting ways to join hands and take action.
The Strategic Challenges for the state of Israel
The State of Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East. It was established in 1948 and since it has become one of the most developed and prosperous countries in the world in spite of the surrounding hostile countries and lethal terror groups that have managed to harm Israel and its' citizens throughout the years. As of now, Israel, as other countries within the free world, must tackle unprecedented security and political challenges due to turmoil in the Middle East. How did Israel manage to progress and prosper in such a manner? Which security issues and political challenges lie ahead for the state of Israel? And which steps Israel must take to preserve its' status and quality. The former Israel's Defense Minister and former Chief of Staff in the Israeli Defense Forces, Lieutenant General (ret.) Moshe (Bogie) Yaalon – one of the most experienced, pragmatic and realistic leaders of the area – presents a deep strategical analysis to the situation Israel faces while suggesting steps to continue progressing.
Mr. Yaalon was born and raised in Kiryat Chaim, next to the city of Haifa. In September 1968, Yaalon enlisted to the Nachal Regiment, serving for three years as a paratrooper. In 1973, the Yom Kippur War broke out and Mr. Yaalon was called up for reserve duty. That was a turning point in his life since he decided to return to active service as a professional soldier, signing up to Officers course. Upon his return to the IDF, and his accreditation as an officer, Mr. Yaalon served as platoon leaderand company commander. He was then appointed as a commander in officers’ school, and in 1978 he became the company commander in his brigade of the Paratroopers reconnaissance company. Mr. Yaalon was a commander in Sayeret Matkal, one of the most elite units in the IDF, being appointed the commander of the unit in 1987. Throughout the years, Mr. Yaalon climbed up the ranks serving as the Paratroopers brigade commander, the commander of Judea and Samaria Division, armored division, Head of the Military Intelligence (under late Mr. Rabin), OC of the Central Command and on the 9th of July 2002, he was appointed as the IDF's 17th Chief of the General Staff. During Minister Yaalon's tenure, the IDF quelled successfully the Palestinian terror.
Once accomplishing his term as Chief of Staff, in 2005, Mr. Yaalon left for Washington, where he served as a research fellow in the prestigious think tank, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. In 2006, he became a senior fellow at the 'Shalem Center' in Jerusalem. Simultaneously, he served as the chairman of the Center for Jewish Identity and Culture, 'Beit Morasha', in Jerusalem, and the president of the non-profit organization ‘Shekel’ which works with individuals with special needs.
In November of 2008, Minister Ya'alon announced that he was joining the Likud party. After the 2009 elections, he was appointed as Minister for Strategic Affairs and Vice Prime Minister. In March of 2013, he was appointed as the Defense Minister of the State of Israel and he resigned in May of 2016 due to moral and professional discrepancies with Prime Minister Netanyahu.
Mr. Yaalon joined recently the prestigious Israeli think tank, the INSS.
Mr. Yaalon was invited by The Washington Institute for Near East Policy as Distinguished Research Fellow.
Mr. Yaalon is married, a father of three children and a grandfather of six grandchildren.