Elazar Stern

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Elazar Stern
אלעזר שטרן.jpg
Stern; 2013
Born (1956-08-25) 25 August 1956 (age 58)
Tel Aviv, Israel
Allegiance  Israel
Service/branch Human Resources Directorate
Years of service 1974–2008
Rank IDF aluf rotated.svg Aluf
Commands held
Elazar Stern
Knessets 19
Party represented in Knesset
2013– Hatnuah

Elazar Stern (Hebrew: אלעזר שטרן‎, born 25 August 1956) is a former general in the Israel Defense Forces and former head of the Israeli Human Resources Directorate. Born in Tel Aviv, Stern attended Bar Ilan University, where he received a B.A. in Economics and Land of Israel Studies. He also received a Master's degree in Business Administration from Tel Aviv University and Northwestern University. Stern enlisted the IDF in 1974 as a paratrooper, eventually becoming the reserve commander of the Paratroopers Brigade in 1991. In the 1990s Stern became involved in officer training, and succeeded Gil Regev as head of the Manpower Directorate (a name he changed to Human Resources) in July 2004.

As head of Human Resources Stern has overseen a program to convert non-Jewish IDF troops to Judaism. He has also led the integration of hesder units, homogeneous units of Orthodox male soldiers combining yeshiva studies with military service, into mainstream units. While criticised by some religious Israelis that the action was meant only to prevent insubordination of religious troops during the Gaza pullout, Stern maintains that it is better for the troops.[1]

On October 14, 2005, Stern and his family were assaulted in Jerusalem while praying at the Western Wall in protest of his leading role in expelling Jews from the Gaza strip.[2] In 2008 he is said to have "stormed the stage" [3] to prevent teenage rock star Shira Gavrielov [4] from performing at a military farewell party on the grounds that she had not served in the military.

Elazar Stern completed his tenure as the head of the Human Resources Directorate in July 2008 and retired from the IDF. He was replaced by Avi Zamir, who received the Aluf rank.[5]

Stern was elected to the Knesset in Israel's 2013 legislative elections as the #4 candidate of The Movement led by Tzipi Livni.[6]


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