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Yossi Peled
Minister Minister without Portfolio
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Born 18 January 1941(1941-01-18) (age 81)

Yossi Peled (Hebrew: יוסי פלד‎, born 18 January 1941) is an Israeli general and politician, the former Aluf of the Northern Command in the Israel Defense Forces.


Early life

Yossi Peled was born Jozef (Jefke) Mendelevich in Belgium. ("Jefke," or Little Joe, is the diminutive form of the Flemish nickname for Jozef/Joseph). During World War II, his family fled to Belgium, and his father entrusted him and his sister to a Catholic family. All of his family except his mother died in Auschwitz concentration camp during the Holocaust. After the war, his mother reclaimed him, and they made aliyah to what became Israel with the assistance of the Jewish Brigade.[1] Peled studied history at Tel Aviv University, gaining a BA, and later settled in kibbutz Negba.

He is divorced and the father of two children.[2]

Military career

Peled served in the Israel Defense Forces for 30 years. During the Six-Day War, Peled was a company commander in the 9th Battalion of the 7th Armored Brigade of the 84th Armored Division, under General Israel Tal. In the War of Attrition, he served as a battalion commander on the Suez Canal.[2]

In the Yom Kippur War, Peled was in command of the reservist 205th Armored Brigade, under Moshe Peled's division. His brigade moved from Jerusalem to the Golan Heights and engaged the Syrian Army on the northern front.

Later in the 1970s, Peled was placed in command of the 252nd Division in the Sinai Peninsula. In the First Lebanon War, he commanded a provision unit nicknamed Yossi's Force, east of Lake Qaraoun.

Peled's final military position was the command of the IDF's Northern Command, which he held from 1986 to 1991.[2]

In the 1980s he took part in a rescue of a group of Ethiopian Jews, including current MK Shlomo Molla.

Government and political career

After serving as the CEO of Tadiran Telecom, Peled has held numerous positions in government offices, not officially entering politics. In 1993, he served as head of the Second Israeli Broadcasting Authority, as well as heading several government-appointed committees, including:

  • Formulation of a plan for a government policy regarding communications (1996)
  • Investigation of the causes and failures which led to the kidnapping of 3 soldiers by Hezbollah in Mount Dov in October 2000
  • Formulation of a policy for the treatment of South Lebanon Army personnel in Israel
  • Investigation of the railway incident which left 5 dead near Beit Yehoshua (2006)

In 1996, Peled joined the Likud party and was a major supporter of Binyamin Netanyahu. For the 2009 elections he won fifteenth place on the Likud list, and entered the Knesset as the party won 27 seats. He was later appointed Minister without Portfolio in Netanyahu's government. However, he resigned from the Knesset on 16 September 2012, and left his ministerial post on 27 September.[1]

During his term as a minister, Peled reiterated his support for the Migron Bill, a bill that would give outposts in Judea and Samaria immunity from destruction.[3] On another occasion, he expressed his support for the South Lebanon Army, saying that "we have a moral obligation to 600 families of South SLA in Israel".[4]


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