Aharon Yariv


Aharon Yariv (Hebrew: אהרן רבינוביץ' יריב, 20 December 1920 – 7 May 1994) was an Israeli politician and general.

Aharon Yariv
Aharon Yariv 1970 I.jpg
Ministerial roles
1974Minister of Transportation
1974–1975Minister of Information
Faction represented in the Knesset
Personal details
Born20 December 1920
Moscow, Russian SFSR
Died7 May 1994(1994-05-07) (aged 73)


Aharon ("Aharale") Rabinovich (later Yariv) was born in Moscow in the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic. He immigrated to Mandatory Palestine at the age of 15 and studied at the Pardes Hanna Agricultural High School. He began his military service in the Haganah in 1938,[1] and later the British Army.

Military and political careerEdit

Yariv served in the Israel Defense Forces as a field officer. Among his duties he commanded the Golani Brigade. Later he served as the Israeli military attaché to Washington. During 1953-1956 he was a member of the founding team and the first commander of the IDF Command and Staff College.[2] From 1964 to 1972, he was head of Aman, the IDF's military intelligence.[3] After the Munich Massacre in 1972, he became Prime Minister Golda Meir's advisor on counterterrorism and directed Operation Wrath of God. During the October War of 1973 he led the Israeli military delegation at the Kilometer 101 talks with Egypt's General Mohamed Abdel Ghani el-Gamasy which endeavoured to bring about a military disengagement treaty.Stein, Kenneth W. Heroic Diplomacy. New York: Routledge, 1999. ISBN 0-415-92155-4, p97-116

After leaving the army, he joined the Alignment. He was elected to the Knesset in the 1973 elections, and was appointed Transportation Minister, and then Information Minister. He resigned from the latter post in 1975, and then from the Knesset shortly before the 1977 elections. In March 1979 he concluded the PLO had failed to disrupt normal life, halt immigration or deter tourism.Eveland, Wibur Crane (1980) Ropes of Sand. America's Failure in the Middle East. W.W.Norton. ISBN 0-393-01336-7. Page 352.


Yitzhak Rabin, Prime Minister at the time of his death, gave the eulogy at his funeral in 1994.

The role of Yariv was played by Amos Lavi in Steven Spielberg's 2005 film Munich.


  1. ^ Aharon Yariv, Israeli General, 74 The New York Times, 9 May 1994
  2. ^ "אהרן יריב (רבינוביץ`)", official Knesset website (English version)
  3. ^ Gal Perl Finkel, Wars are won by preparation and not by courage alone, The Jerusalem Post, 8 April 2017.
  • Oren, Michael B. Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002. ISBN 978-0-19-515174-9, 76 p.

External linksEdit

  • Aharon Yariv on the Knesset website
  • Eulogies from the Jafee Center for Strategic Studies