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Chief of Staff of the Israeli Defense Forces

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The head of all branches of the Israeli Defense Forces is the Chief of Staff, who is the only officer to hold the rank of lieutenant general. As of October 2009, the incumbent is Lieutenant General Gabi Ashkenazi.

Many Chiefs of Staff, after retirement, have entered politics, and risen to the highest levels.

Name Dates Previous Later role
Gabi Ashkenazi 2007 -
Dan Haloutz 2005 - 2007
Moshe Ya'alon 2002 - 2005 Army
Shaul Mofaz 1998 - 2002 Army Israeli Minister of Defense (2002); Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Transportation and Road Safety (2007)
Amnon Lipkin-Shahak 1995 - 1998
Ehud Barak 1991 - 1995 Prime Minister of Israel (Labor Party (Israel); Knesset
Dan Shomron 1987 - 1991 Senior Infantry and Paratroop Officer
Moshe Levy 1983 - 1987
Rafael Eitan 1978 - 1983 Army Formed Tzomet Party, later merged into Likud; Deputy Prime Minister 1996
Mordechai Gur 1974 - 1978 Air Force
David Elazar 1972 - 1974
Chaim Bar-lev 1968 - 1972
Yitzhak Rabin 1964 - 1968 Army Prime Minister (Labor) 1992-1995 (assassinated)
Zvi Tzur 1961 - 1964
Haim Laskov 1958 - 1961 Air Force
Moshe Dayan 1953 - 1958 Army Minister of Defense, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Mordechai Maklef 1952 - 1953
Yigael Yadin 1949 - 1952 Army Second career in archeology; later in Likud government
Yacov Dori 1948 - 1949