Former head of Military Intelligence and Res. Gen. Amos Yadlin has joined the Labor party, Labor announced Monday.
Channel 10 and Walla! report that he has been appointed to the #11 spot, at Labor leader Yitzhak Herzog's specific request. According to Yediot Ahronoth, Yadlin is expected to be appointed as the next Defense Minister in the event of a Labor government.
However, the details of his joining the party are not final for that very reason: sources in Labor told the daily that Yadlin had no intention of joining the list as an MK, but only as Defense Minister, whereas Herzog and Hatnua faction chairman Tzipi Livni are attempting to persuade him otherwise.
Yadlin is potentially well-qualified for the position; he serves today as the head of the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), after taking the position in 2011.
He previously served as head of Military Intelligence and has completed over 40 years of service in the IDF. He participated in the Yom Kippur War (1973), Operation Peace for Galilee (1982) and Operation Tamuz – the destruction of the Osirak nuclear reactor in Iraq (1981).
He has also served in several command positions in the Air Force (IAF), including a term as Head of IAF Planning Department from 1990-1993; from 2004-2006, he served as the IDF attaché to the United States; and he was MI head from 2006-2010.
Yadlin's direct competition in the event of a rare (and unlikely) combined Labor-Likud government would be Jewish Home Chairman Naftali Bennett, who is reportedly vying for the position in the event of a Likud-led Knesset.
Labor MK Shelly Yechimovich hailed the appointment Monday night, stating that Yadlin is well-qualified for the position by any standard and that "beyond that he has political perspective and deep, strategic reasoning."
Furthermore, she said, Yadlin's perspective stems from years of involvement with the Labor party, and his father, Aharon Yadlin, is a pillar of the party's ideology to this day, and was allegedly one of the most influential Ministers of Education in Israeli history.