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Moshe Dayan: Israel's Controversial Hero (Jewish Lives) Hardcover – July 17, 2012
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Dayan assumed hero status from his role as head of the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) during the 1956 Sinai campaign and as Defense Minister during the Six Day War of June 1967. However, his public image of “defeatism” in the opening days of the Yom Kippur War in October 1973 led to public outcries for his dismissal as Defense Minister. He reclaimed some of his fame for his crucial role in the successful negotiations resulting in the Egyptian-Israeli Peace agreement in March 1978. It was Dayan who came up with the formula on the Palestinian issue in Gaza and the West Bank that satisfied both President Anwar Sadat of Egypt and Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel. However, when Begin refused to follow through on this, Dayan resigned as Foreign Minister.
Dayan loved archaeology and used his position in the military and the government as well as legal ambiguities to accumulate a vast treasure of artifacts worth several millions of dollars.Read more ›
What would have helped immensely in aiding a reader's understanding would have been the inclusion of at least one map with the place names, battles and resulting boundary lines labeled. This is a big omission in the finishing of this book. Pictures would have been an added bonus.
What is done well are the descriptions of Dayan as a person and a military leader, we read of his faults and foibles, how he at times goaded his opponents and of his sometimes extreme military measures. The disappointments of the Yom Kippur War are described as are the negotiations that brought about the Camp David Accords.
Dayan's person life is touched upon - his affairs and his 2 marriages and then his failing health.
This is a book, that for some who are not familiar with Israeli history, might clarify some of the facts and conflicts during the post WWII time period to the early 80's.
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Fully satisfied of this book and price, but delivery fees are too expensives, so european customs are descouraged to buy american book. Thank yiou.Published 21 months ago by Gaetano SCHILIRO
I have been fascinated by stories about Moshe Dayan from the time I started reading about him in Newspapers! I have come to idolized him more now that I read this book!Published on June 12, 2013 by Butch Jocson