Israeli Vice Prime Minister to talk terrorism in Nashville

Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 11:54am
Staff reports

Israel’s Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Strategic Affairs, Moshe Ya’alon, is scheduled to speak to local, state and federal law enforcement from across Tennessee next week about the challenges of fighting international terrorism, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations announced Thursday.

Ya'alon is the former Chief of Staff for the Israeli Defense Forces and a leading expert in terrorism. His address is entitled “International Terrorism: Challenges to the Free World.”

Ya’alon has seen his share of fighting as a reservist in the Yom Kippur War in 1973 and then rejoined the Israeli Defense Force serving in the Paratroopers Brigades.

His impressive resume also includes being appointed head of Military Intelligence in 1995 and commanding officer of Israel's Central Command, responsible for the West Bank, in 1998. He was appointed Chief of Staff for the Israeli Defense Forces in July of 2002 and served in that position until June of 2005. He has also participated in the think tank for the Washington Institute. He was appointed to his current position in 2009 upon the formation of the Netanyahu government.

The TBI is hosting Ya’alon’s Monday visit which is being organized by the Consulate General of Israel to the Southeast. Nashville is one of the three cities the Vice Prime Minister will be visiting in October.