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Israelis You Should Know: Mordechai Tzipori

Mordechai Tzipori with Menachem Begin (Photo: Hanina Harman/GPO)

At the end of May, Israel lost a true hero when Mordechai Tzipori - an IDF general and political minister whose participated in many of the Jewish state's most significant moments - passed away at the age of 92. Ynet News' Yoav Zitun tells us about this man who took part in so many historical Israeli events:

Former minister and member of the Irgun Mordechai Tzipori, who carried out numerous key operations before and after Israel’s establishment and served as a high-ranking military official, passed away at age 92 Monday.

Tzipori, who acted as the deputy defense minister and minister of communications during Menachem Begin’s Likud government, died in Sheba Medical Center in Tel HaShomer.

The military warrior filled a host of senior positions in the IDF’s Armored Corps in the first decades after Israel’s establishment...

In 1939 when Tzipori was just 15, he joined the underground Irgun movement and at age 20 began participating in operations against the British Mandate.One year later, in June 1945, Tzipori was captured and sent to Sudan from where he was transferred to Eritrea and then onto Gilgil in Kenya. There, he was one of the main diggers of escape tunnels from the detention camps...

In the summer of 1948, the former Irgun fighter returned to Israel where he drafted into the IDF and eventually reached rank of Brigadier General and Chief Armored Officer. He would also hold a number of other positions in the IDF...

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