Yoav Galant, a member of the Likud party in the Knesset, will be appointed defense minister, according to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s announcement on Wednesday.
The leading Likud candidate for the position has been Galant, a major general in the reserves of the Israel Defense Forces.
Throughout his military career, he has held positions such as commander of the Ground Forces, military secretary to the prime minister, head of the IDF Southern Command, commander of the Gaza Division, 340th “Idan” Armored Division, and commander of the prestigious Shayetet 13 (“Flotilla 13”) Navy commando unit.
He had previously served as the Menashe Brigade’s commander in Samaria.
The government chose him to be the IDF’s chief of staff in 2010, but the appointment was later revoked due to claims that his home in Moshav Amikam had been the subject of illegal land seizures, which he rejected.
He joined the Kulanu Party and was appointed minister of construction and housing in 2015.
Later, he served as both the minister of education and aliyah.
In 2018, he joined the Likud Party.