Former IDF chief Levy dies



Former Israeli armed forces chief Moshe Levy died.


Levy, who served as Israel’s top general between 1983 and 1987, succumbed to a stroke Tuesday. He was 72.

Levy, whom David Ben-Gurion dubbed “Moshe and a half” for his height, took part in the fabled Mitla Pass operation as a paratrooper in 1956, going on to serve in several combat command roles. As chief of the Israel Defense Forces, he oversaw modernization projects in the years spanning the First Lebanon War and the first Palestinian Intifada.


“Levy was a great warrior who served the state for many years and bolstered the IDF,” Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said in a statement.


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