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Maj. Gen. Moshe Kaplinsky (Hebrew: משה קפלינסקי; born January 20, 1957), was the CEO of Better Place Israel. Most recently, he was Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Israel Defense Forces. He was previously head of the Israel Defense Forces's Central Command, whose area of responsibility includes the West Bank. As Deputy Chief of the General Staff he was second in command of the Israel Defense Forces.

Moshe Kaplinsky
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Born (1957-01-20) 20 January 1957 (age 62)
Gedera, Israel
Service/branchIsrael Defense Forces
Years of service1976-
Commands heldSayeret Golani (1982–1985), Golani Brigade (1993–1997), "Galilee" Territorial Division (1999–2001), Israeli Central Command (2002–2005), Deputy Chief of the General Staff, Israel Defense Forces (2005–2007)
Battles/wars1982 Lebanon War, 1982-2000 South Lebanon conflict, First Intifada, al-Aqsa Intifada

In August 2002, he took over as chief of the Central Command from Major General Yitzhak Eitan. As head of Central Command, Kaplinski was an ex officio member of the IDF general staff; he oversaw, among other things, area commanders for the northern and southern parts of the West Bank (referred to as Samaria and Judea, respectively).

Kaplinski is a veteran of the Golani Brigade. His previous positions include:

  • Military secretary to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, promoted to Major General (2001–2002)
  • Commander of the Galilee territorial division during the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon *Commander of the Golani infantry brigade (1993–1995).

Kaplinski has a BA in economics and business management from Bar-Ilan University and an MBA from Tel Aviv University. He is a graduate of the US Army's Advanced Infantry Officers Course (Fort Benning, Georgia).

On December 8, 2006 Kaplinski told a meeting of mayors and local council leaders that Iran had a nuclear capability that would "threaten not only Israel, but all of Europe."[1]