Moshe Dayan

1915 - 1981

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Moshe Dayan (Hebrew: משה דיין‎; 20 May 1915 – 16 October 1981) was an Israeli military leader and politician. As commander of the Jerusalem front in the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces (1953–1958) during the 1956 Suez Crisis, but mainly as Defense Minister during the Six-Day War in 1967, he became a worldwide fighting symbol of the new state of Israel. In the 1930s, Dayan joined the Haganah, the pre-state Jewish defense force of Mandatory Palestine. He served in the Special Night Squads under Orde Wingate during the Arab revolt in Palestine and later lost an eye in a raid on Vichy forces in Lebanon during World War II. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Moshe Dayan has received more than 3,034,658 page views. His biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia. Moshe Dayan is the 487th most popular politician (down from 473rd in 2019), the 42nd most popular biography from Israel (up from 43rd in 2019) and the 8th most popular Israeli Politician.

Moshe Dayan was a major military leader in the Israeli army. He is most famous for his role in the 1967 Six-Day War, when he led the Israeli forces to victory over Egypt, Jordan, and Syria.

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Among politicians, Moshe Dayan ranks 487 out of 15,710Before him are Sergio Mattarella, Alexios I Komnenos, Stephen Báthory, Louis VIII of France, Imre Nagy, and Frederick IX of Denmark. After him are William IV of the United Kingdom, Maximilian I of Mexico, Joseph I, Holy Roman Emperor, James II of England, Agrippina the Younger, and Geoffrey Plantagenet, Count of Anjou.

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Among people born in 1915, Moshe Dayan ranks 9Before him are Frank Sinatra, Anthony Quinn, Ingrid Bergman, David Rockefeller, Roland Barthes, and Vasily Zaitsev. After him are Orson Welles, Arthur Miller, Eli Wallach, Paul Samuelson, Yitzhak Shamir, and Jerome Bruner. Among people deceased in 1981, Moshe Dayan ranks 5Before him are Bob Marley, Anwar Sadat, Jacques Lacan, and Albert Speer. After him are Max Euwe, William Wyler, Hans Adolf Krebs, Marcel Breuer, Frederica of Hanover, Soong Ching-ling, and Natalie Wood.

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Among people born in Israel, Moshe Dayan ranks 42 out of 389Before him are Jeremiah (-650), Joseph of Arimathea (100), Joachim (-100), Mahmoud Abbas (1935), John the Evangelist (10), and Eusebius (265). After him are Benjamin Netanyahu (1949), Saint Matthias (1), Deborah (-1199), Reuven Rivlin (1939), Procopius (500), and Saint Veronica (1).


Among politicians born in Israel, Moshe Dayan ranks 8Before him are Ariel Sharon (1928), Yitzhak Rabin (1922), Herod Antipas (-20), Baldwin IV of Jerusalem (1161), Goliath (-1060), and Mahmoud Abbas (1935). After him are Benjamin Netanyahu (1949), Reuven Rivlin (1939), Hezekiah (-800), Jeroboam (-1000), Josiah (-648), and Sibylla, Queen of Jerusalem (1160).