Former head of Military Intelligence, Res. Gen. Amos Yadlin, who joined the Labor party on Monday, may condition his remaining an MK on being appointed Defense Minister, Channel 1 News reported on Tuesday.
According to the report, Yadlin has a written promise from Yitzhak Herzog and Tzipi Livni, who head the joint Labor-Hatnua list known as “the Zionist Center”, that he will be appointed Defense Minister should they head the next government.
However, Yadlin may choose not to remain in the Knesset if Labor doesn’t head the coalition. In a letter sent to donors of the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), which he heads, Yadlin reportedly wrote, “I'll take a leave of absence from the post of head of the INSS until March 17, and then see what happens, according to the results of the elections."
Herzog specifically stated Monday night that "Yadlin is our pick for the next Defense Minister."
Yadlin 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 became the second “expert” to join the Labor list after Economics Professor Manuel Trajtenberg, who is the list’s declared candidate for Finance Minister.