Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) sits next to Vice Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon during a memorial service for the late Israeli Tourism Minister Rehavam Zeevi at the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, in Jerusalem November 2, 2011. REUTERS/Baz R
Netanyahu picks ex-general Yaalon as new Israeli defense chief
Posted : Sunday, 17 March 2013 05:31AM
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday chose Moshe Yaalon, an ex-general and vice premier from his right-wing Likud party, to be the country's next defense minister, a government official said.
Yaalon shares Netanyahu's distrust of the Palestinians, but in the past, officials say, he has taken a more cautious line about the timing for a possible Israeli strike on Iranian nuclear sites.
(Reporting by Ari Rabinovitch, Editing by Jeffrey Heller)
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