Dani Dayan, Israel's Secular Settler Leader / Journeys Podcast

From 2006, Dani Dayan served as the Chairman of the Yesha Council - the organization of municipal councils of Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

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Dani Dayan
Dani DayanCredit: Via TLV1

Born in 1955 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to a family that immigrated from Ukraine, businessman and political activist Dani Dayan knew from an early age that he would eventually come to Israel.

In 1971, when he was 15, he made Aliya with his family. His knowledge of Hebrew helped him and his family settle quickly. Following his army service (where he became a Major), Dayan established and managed an information technology firm – not what he had ever envisioned himself doing.

In 2004, he sold his shares in the company and began a political career. Dayan was Secretary-General of the Techiya right-wing movement and a candidate for the Knesset in the 1988 and 1992 general elections.

From 2006, Dayan served as the Chairman of the Yesha Council. Despite being a key figure in the largely religious settlement movement, Dayan is secular.

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