The Other Dayan Legacy

The late Assi Dayan positioned himself as an antihero against his father Moshe's military escapades. It's the ethos of the former that the public clings closer to these days.

In the barrage of deaths of famous people that has struck Israel in recent months, one individual slipped away quietly, at the end of his tenth decade: Lt. Col. (ret.) Moshe Ilan. The army veteran was an unseen yet essential witness, siding with GOC Southern Command Asaf Simhoni in the dispute with Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Moshe Dayan over the 1956 Sinai Campaign.