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Dan Shomron

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Dan Shomron as ramatkalBorn August 5, 1937
Kibbutz Ashdot Yaakov Died February 26, 2008
Nationality IsraeliOccupation officer, chairman Known for ramatkal

Gen. Dan Shomron (August 5, 1937, Kibbutz Ashdot Yaakov – February 26, 2008) was the 13th Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces, from 1987 to 1991.

During the Six-Day War he commanded a unit on the Egyptian front and was the first paratrooper to reach the Suez Canal. He was decorated with the Medal of Distinguished Service for this action.

In 1974 he received the command over the Infantry and Paratroopers Branch of the Israeli army. In this function, he had command over Operation Entebbe in 1976. He was also in charge of the dismantling of Israeli settlements and army bases in the Sinai Peninsula, within the framework of the Camp David Accords of 1978 with Egypt.

In 1983 he established the ground forces command (in charge of the infantry, tanks, artillery and engineer corps) and was its first commander.

At the age of 50, in 1987 he became the 13th Chief Staff of the IDF. He held this position until 1991. After finishing his term, he served as the Chairman of the Israeli Military Industries.

He died on February 26, 2008, from complications of a stroke three weeks earlier, at the age of 70. He is survived by his wife and two children. [1][2]


  1. ^ Former chief of staff Dan Shomron dies at the age of 70 The Jerusalem Post, 26 February 2008
  2. ^ Dan Shomron, ex-IDF chief and Entebbe raid commander, dies at 70 Haaretz, 26 February 2008

See also

v • d • eChiefs of Staff of theIsrael Defense ForcesYaakov Dori(1947-49) · Yigael Yadin(1949-52) · Mordechai Maklef(1952-53) · Moshe Dayan(1953-58) · Haim Laskov(1958-61) · Tzvi Tzur(1961-64) · Yitzhak Rabin(1964-68) · Haim Bar-Lev(1968-72) · David Elazar(1972-74) · Mordechai Gur(1974-78) · Rafael Eitan(1978-83) · Moshe Levi(1983-87) · Dan Shomron (1987-91) · Ehud Barak(1991-95) · Amnon Lipkin-Shahak(1995-98) · Shaul Mofaz(1998-2002) · Moshe Ya'alon(2002-05) · Dan Halutz(2005-07) · Gabi Ashkenazi(since 2007) Categories: Chiefs of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces | 1937 births | 2008 deathsHidden category: Articles needing additional references from February 2008

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