Former defense minister Ya’alon joins US think tank

Former defense minister Ya’alon joins US think tank

Washington Institute head says ex-IDF chief arrives as Americans debate ‘appropriate role for our country in the Mideast’

Moshe Ya'alon (Wikimedia Commons via JTA)
Moshe Ya'alon (Wikimedia Commons via JTA)

Former defense minister Moshe Ya’alon has found a new job at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy as its Rosenblatt Distinguished Visiting Fellow.

The Washington Institute, an independent and nonpartisan organization that provides research and recommendations for US Middle East policy, will tap into Ya’alon’s 37-year career in the Israel Defense Forces and his policy expertise from his seven years in the Knesset, it announced in a news release Thursday.

Ya’alon, who had previously held a post-military fellowship at the institute, will return to Washington, DC, in August to focus on his writing and speaking on foreign policy and the strategic US-Israel relationship.

Ya’alon stepped down on May 20 when it came to light that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in negotiations with Avigdor Liberman to bring his nationalist Yisrael Beytenu party into the ruling coalition, giving Netanyahu a more stable majority. Liberman was named defense minister.

Last month Ya’alon announced that he plans to challenge Netanyahu in the next elections.

“After more than four decades of military and public service, in and out of uniform, ‘Bogie’ Ya’alon has unparalleled insights into the challenges and opportunities facing Israeli national security,” said Robert Satloff, the institute’s executive director, using Ya’alon’s longtime nickname.

“At a moment when Americans are debating the appropriate role for our country in the Middle East, we are pleased to welcome him back to The Washington Institute to provide an authoritative voice on these critical issues.”

In the release, Ya’alon said he was “eager” to meet with current and emerging leaders and “discuss the vital issues on our bilateral agenda.”

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