Uzi Dayan

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Uzi Dayan
Uzi Dayan
Place of birthIsrael
Faction represented in Knesset

Uzi Dayan (Hebrew: עוּזִי דַּייָּן‎) (born 1948) is an Aluf (res.) in the Israel Defense Forces and an Israeli politician.


Uzi Dayan is a nephew of Moshe Dayan, grandson of Shmuel Dayan and cousin of Assi Dayan, Yael Dayan and Yehonatan Geffen. His father, Zorik, was killed in the Battle of Ramat Yohanan in April of the year he was born.[1] His mother Mimi remarried in March 1950 after having met Moshe Rabinovitch in Rome the previous summer. They had two children of their own, Dan (b. 1951) and Michal (b. 1956).[1] Dayan was raised in HaYogev.

Dayan was an undergraduate at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he studied under Robert Aumann[2] and received a B.Sc. in mathematics and physics. He subsequently studied at Stanford University, earning an M.Sc. in operations research.[3] Dayan has a wife, Tamar, and three children.[3]

Military career[edit]

Dayan served for 15 years in the Sayeret Matkal and became commander of the unit. He served as head of Central Command, Deputy Chief of Staff, and headed the Israeli National Security Council (2003–2005). He was a member and later head of an elite commando unit that reportedly made eight to ten attempts to assassinate Yasser Arafat.[4]

Political career[edit]

Dayan was a founder of the Tafnit party which ran in the 2006 legislative elections. In mid-2008, the party joined Likud.[5]


  1. ^ a b Dayan, Uzi. "This is the Way it Was". Retrieved 2009-09-06.
  2. ^ "A Conversation with Uzi Dayan". Council on Foreign Relations. 2005-11-01. Archived from the original on 2006-07-19. Retrieved 2009-09-06.
  3. ^ a b "Limmud NY 2009". LummudNY. Retrieved 2009-09-06.
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  5. ^ Hoffman, Gil (2008-07-28). "Uzi Dayan joins Likud, hails Netanyahu for fight on corruption". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 2009-09-05.[permanent dead link]