Amnon Lipkin-Shahak: The last of the army's princes
Lipkin-Shahak, who was born in Tel Aviv in 1944, was the 15th chief of staff of the IDF. His brief political career left not only him but Israeli society as a whole with the sense of a wasted opportunity.
Lt. Gen. (ret.) Amnon Lipkin-Shahak, the 15th chief of staff of the IDF, who died Wednesday at the age of 68 after a long battle with cancer, was the last of the army’s princes. Shahak was a charismatic commanding officer, uncommonly brilliant, whose low-key, judicious leadership won him many admirers in the IDF. When he crossed the line from political to military life, he found it hard to fulfill his earlier...
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