Dayan the peace-maker?
October 4, 2012 12:28
Mordechai Bar-On provides a concise biography of the life of the former chief of staff, but he doesn’t go deep enough.
Moshe Dayan 521.
In August 1955, the popular Egyptian dictator Gamal Abdel Nasser dispatched a
squad of Palestinian Fedayeen, a terrorist unit, to roam southern Israel looking
for targets of opportunity. In one week they murdered 16
people.The Israeli army’s chief of staff, Moshe Dayan, ordered Ariel
Sharon, who was then in charge of a battalion of commandos, to raid Egyptian
positions in the Gaza Strip in retaliation. Just before the retaliatory
operation got under way a message arrived from the prime minister. It was
a no-go. “Elmore Jackson, a representative of the American Society of Friends
[Quakers], had arrived on an Israeli-Egyptian peacemaking mission and [prime
minister Moshe] Sharett did not wish to impede Jackson’s efforts by instituting
any Israeli acts of aggression.”