Moshe Dayan by Mordechai Bar-On
Israel's Controversial Hero (Jewish Lives)

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Instantly recognizable with his iconic eye patch, Moshe Dayan (1915–1981) was one of Israel's most charismatic—and controversial—personalities. As a youth he earned the reputation of a fearless warrior, and in later years as a leading military tactician, admired by peers and enemies alike. As chief of staff during the 1956 Sinai Campaign and as minister of defense during the 1967 Six Day War, Dayan led the Israel Defense Forces to stunning military victories. But in the aftermath of the bungled 1973 Yom Kippur War, he shared the blame for operational mistakes and retired from the military. He later proved himself a principled and talented diplomat, playing an integral role in peace negotiations with Egypt.

In this arresting biography, Mordechai Bar-On, Dayan's IDF bureau chief, offers an intimate view of Dayan's private life, public career, and political controversies, set against an original analysis of Israel's political environment from pre-Mandate Palestine through the early1980s. Drawing on a wealth of Israeli archives, accounts by Dayan and members of his circle, and firsthand experiences, Bar-On reveals Dayan as a man unwavering in his devotion to Zionism and the Land of Israel. Moshe Dayan makes a unique contribution to the history of Israel and the complexities of the Arab-Israeli conflict.


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Mordechai Bar-On served as Moshe Dayan's bureau chief in the 1950's, chief education officer of the Israeli Defense Forces in the 1960's, a leader of the World Zionist Organization in the 1970's, and a member of the Knesset and Peace Now activist in the 1980's. He received his doctorate from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and was a fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace in 1992-93.
Published June 26, 2012 by Yale University Press. 263 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, War.

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His early experience in the farming cooperative involved the moshav, which his “trailblazer” parents forged, draining swamps and enduring Arab reprisals—an experience that would inform his later work as Israel’s minister of agriculture and his “lifelong ambivalence toward treatment of the Palesti...

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Shortly after Israel's stunning victory in the 1967 Six Day War, a cartoon appeared simply showing the fabled Egyptian Sphinx sporting a black eye patch. It was one of those wonderful images that needed no words: the man behind his nation's triumph was Moshe Dayan, who had worn that patch ever si...

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