Uzi Dayan


Uzi Dayan
עוזי דיין - חברון, 2019.jpg
Uzi Dayan in 2019
2nd National Security Advisor (Israel)
In office
September 2000 – September 2002
Preceded byDavid Ivri
Succeeded byEphraim Halevi
Faction represented in the Knesset
Personal details
Born (1948-01-04) 4 January 1948 (age 74)
Mandatory Palestine

Aluf (Major General, res.) Uzi Dayan (Hebrew: עוּזִי דַּייָּן‎, born January 4, 1948) is a former general in the Israel Defense Forces and an Israeli politician. He served as a member of the Knesset for Likud from 2020 to 2021.


Uzi Dayan is a nephew of Moshe Dayan, grandson of Shmuel Dayan and cousin of Assi Dayan, Yael Dayan and Yehonatan Geffen. His father, Zorik, was killed in the Battle of Ramat Yohanan in April of the year he was born.[1] His mother Mimi remarried in March 1950 after having met Moshe Rabinovitch in Rome the previous summer. They had two children of their own, Dan (b. 1951) and Michal (b. 1956).[1] Dayan was raised in HaYogev.

Dayan was an undergraduate at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he studied under Robert Aumann[2] and received a B.Sc. in mathematics and physics. He subsequently studied at Stanford University, earning an M.Sc. in operations research.[3]

Dayan is married to Prof. Tamar Dayan, the daughter of Igal Talmi. They have three children[3] and reside in Kokhav Ya'ir.

Military career

Uzi Dayan in 2000

Dayan served in the Sayeret Matkal from 1966 to 2002 and became commander of the unit. He served as head of Central Command, Deputy Chief of Staff, and headed the Israeli National Security Council (2000–2002). He was a member and later head of an elite commando unit that reportedly made eight to ten attempts to assassinate Yasser Arafat.[4]

Political career

Dayan was a founder of the Tafnit party which ran in the 2006 legislative elections. In mid-2008, the party joined Likud.[5]


  1. ^ a b Dayan, Uzi. "This is the Way it Was". Retrieved 2009-09-06.
  2. ^ "A Conversation with Uzi Dayan". Council on Foreign Relations. 2005-11-01. Archived from the original on 2006-07-19. Retrieved 2009-09-06.
  3. ^ a b "Limmud NY 2009". LummudNY. Retrieved 2009-09-06.
  4. ^ "Was Israel prepared to kill a journalist to get to Arafat?". BBC News. 22 March 2018.
  5. ^ Hoffman, Gil (2008-07-28). "Uzi Dayan joins Likud, hails Netanyahu for fight on corruption". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 2009-09-05.[permanent dead link]

External links

  • Uzi Dayan on the Knesset website