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    Dayan was the first General to join the political ranks upon retirement from the army. He WAS an exception among Generals, and worthy of his advancement. Dayan was that rare general/statesman that George Marshall (of the Marshall Plan) may have been. He excelled not only in security matters but also in statesmanship, and that is why he was picked by M. Begin (1977, long after Yom Kippur) to serve as Foreign Minister. It is well known that Dayan fell from grace because of the Yom Kippur War, but he still was relatively the most reasonable person following the euphoria of the 6 Day War. Another plus: Dayan was not interested in becoming Prime Minister; he knew his short comings. One can say categorically that all the Generals that came after Dayan were less suitable for their job. Because of the Dayan example, one should not exclude former Generals from politics, but their elevation to political leaders should be very rare indeed.

    from the article: Israeli politics doesn’t need more ex-IDF generals
    First published 08:02 21.11.10 | Last updated 08:02 21.11.10
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