Maj.-Gen [res] Avigdor "Yanush" Ben-Gal, known as the hero of the Yom Kippur War, passed away Saturday evening at the age of 79. He is survived by his wife and seven children.
Ben-Gal, the former General Officer of the Northern Command, became famous in the wake of the Yom Kippur War after he lead the 7th Division to victory over a much larger Syrian fighting force, subsequently capturing the Golan Heights.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed sorrow over the death of Ben-Gal, releasing a statement conveying his admiration for the former military commander.
"During the most difficult days of the Yom Kippur War, when Israel's destiny was at stake, [Ben-Gal] and his soldiers bravely defended with their lives the northern border," Netanyahu said.
No date or time has been set for his burial ceremony.
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