Lt. General (Res.) Shaul Mofaz is an Israeli politician who serves as the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs And Defence Committee at the Knesset. Mofaz was the 16th IDF's Chief of the General Staff, and served as Israel's Minister of Defence, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Transportation and Road Safety.
Born in Tehran (although his parents came from Isfahan), Mofaz immigrated to Israel with his parents in 1957. Upon graduating from high school he joined the Israel Defense Forces in 1966 and served in the Paratroopers Brigade. He participated in the Six-Day War, Yom Kippur War, 1982 Lebanon War, and Operation Entebbe with the paratroopers and Sayeret Matkal, an elite special forces unit.
Mofaz was then appointed an infantry brigade commander for the 1982 Lebanon War. Afterwards he attended the US Marine Corps Command and Staff College in Quantico, Virginia. On his return he was briefly appointed commander of the Officers School, before returning to active service as commander of the Paratroop Brigade in 1986.