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Dayan Says He is Proud of Protesting Reserve Soldiers

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan said here last night that he agreed with protesting reserve soldiers in Israel that the nation needed young leadership. But he said the way to achieve that was not by demonstrating outside the Knesset but from inside. “I didn’t infiltrate into parliament. I was elected.” Dayan said. Dayan spoke during a question session after he addressed 300 American Jewish leaders at a United Jewish Appeal dinner at the St. Regis Hotel here.

Asked about the rising protest movement in Israel, particularly among demobilized soldiers, he said: “I am proud of what they are doing now. They ask for change. They call for a change in the system. The change will come when they are inside.” He did not mention that one of the changes demanded by some Yom Kippur War veterans and civilians was his own resignation.