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Aluf Eliezer Shkedy (Hebrew: אליעזר שקדי; born 16 August 1957) is a retired general in the Israel Defense Forces, who served as Commander of the Israeli Air Force from 4 April 2004 until 13 May 2008. He is also a former CEO of El Al, the flag carrier of Israel.

Eliezer Shkedy
Eliezer Shkedi 2010.jpg
Commander of the Israeli Air Force
In office
4 April 2004 – 13 May 2008
Prime MinisterAriel Sharon
Ehud Olmert
IDF ChiefDan Halutz
Gabi Ashkenazi
Preceded byDan Halutz
Succeeded byIdo Nehoshtan
Personal details
Born (1957-08-16) August 16, 1957 (age 62)
Military service
AllegianceIsrael Israel
Branch/service Israeli Air Force
Years of service1975–2008
RankIAF aluf.svg Major General
Commands109 Squadron
Ramat David Airbase
IAF Chief of Air Staff
Israeli Air Force
Battles/wars1982 Lebanon War
2006 Lebanon War

Shkedy was born in Israel to parents of both Ashkenazi and Sephardic descent; his father was a Hungarian-Jewish Holocaust survivor, whereas his mother was an Egyptian-Jewish immigrant.

Shkedy, a resident of Yehud-Monosson, was born in Israel and after graduating from high school in Kfar Saba he was conscripted into the IDF in 1975. He was accepted into the IAF Flight Academy and graduated as a fighter pilot. Shkedy was a member of several units before he was assigned to Hatzerim Airbase. He was based there during the 1982 Lebanon War in which he shot down two enemy aircraft.

In the mid-1980s, Shkedy studied at Ben-Gurion University, receiving a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Computer Science. He continued his career in the IAF until the mid-1990s when he studied for an M.A. in Systems management at the US Naval Postgraduate School in California.

He was promoted to Commander of the Israeli Air Force on 4 April 2004 and was succeeded in the position by Aluf Ido Nehoshtan upon his retirement on 13 May 2008. He is the chairman of the NGO Heroes for life.

General Shkedy was appointed front commander against countries that do not border Israel. This put him in charge of Israeli Iran Command, which was set up to be the overall coordinator of Israeli military operations and intelligence gathering against Iran should a war start between the two countries. Although the appointment was reported in late August 2006, it was said to have occurred before the Second Lebanon War began.[1]


  1. ^ Benn, Aluf (25 August 2006). "IAF chief to head 'Iranian command'". Haaretz. Retrieved 16 January 2014.