Moshe Dayan

Moshe Dayan was born in Wood Rabbit - Yi Mao Year of the 60-year Cycle of the Chinese Zodiac

One of Israel?€™s most famous military leaders and politicians was born on May 20, 1915 and named Moshe Dayan Kitaigorodsky. He was the fourth Chief of Staff of the Israeli Defense Forces and was regarded as a fighting symbol. He became Defense Minister and later Foreign Minister of Israel. Dayan is recognized by his distinctive eye patch he earned while scanning enemy Vichy French positions durian the Syria Lebanon Campaign. He was struck by a French rifle bullet that caused metal and glass fragments to pour into his left eye. Dayan was married to Ruth Dayan for 36 years, but due to his extramarital affairs, she divorced him. He then married Rachel and most of his estate is left to her. His daughter Yael Dayan is an author as well as a member of several Israeli leftist parties. Dayan joined the leftist party in Israeli politics where he served as the Minister of Agriculture. He then joined a group of Ben-Gurion loyalists and was appointed to the Minister of Defense to help raise pubic morale and unify the government. The Yom Kippur War in 1973 was directly under Dayan?€™s planning. He chose not to order a preemptive strike against the Egyptians and the Syrians that cost the Israelis dearly. Dayan was ready to declare surrender when he was forbidden to speak by Golda Meir. Israel eventually broke through the Egyptian lines, crossed the Suez canal and surrounded the 3rd Egyptian Army. Israeli forces repelled Jordanian and Iraqi forces and ended the war in a stalemate. Dayan was instrumental in drawing up the Camp David Accords ordered by Menachem Begin, but arguments with Begin caused Dayan to resign his post. He finished writing his memoirs and novel of military tactics. He died at the age of 66 on October 16, 1981.
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