- Name: Moshe Dayan
- Born: 05/20/1915
- Died: 10/16/1981 (66 years old)
Moshe Dayan (Hebrew: משה דיין??; 20 May 1915 – 16 October 1981) was an Israeli military leader and politician. As commander of the Jerusalem front in the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces (1953–58) during the 1956 Suez Crisis, but mainly as Defense Minister during the Six-Day War in 1967, he became to the world a fighting symbol of the new state of Israel. In the 1930s, he was trained by Orde Wingate to set traps for Palestinian-Arabs fighting the British and he later lost an eye in a raid on Vichy forces in Lebanon. Dayan was close to David Ben-Gurion and joined him in leaving the Mapai party and setting up the Rafi party in 1965 with Shimon Peres. Dayan became Defence Minister just before the 1967 Six-Day War. After the October War of 1973, Dayan was blamed for the lack of preparedness; after some time he resigned. In 1977, following the election of Menachem Begin as Prime Minister, Dayan was expelled from the Labor Party because he joined the Likud-led government as Foreign Minister, playing an important part in negotiating the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel.
Awards: Legion of Honour
Party: Mapai (1959–1965), Rafi (1965–1968), Labor (1968–1977), Independent (1977–1981), Telem (1981)
Birth Place: Degania Alef, Acre Sanjak, Ottoman Empire
Death Place: Tel Aviv, Israel