The World: Israel's Generals: Polished Brass

Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan was one. So were his Cabinet colleagues, Ezer Weizman and Ariel Sharon. So were former Labor Premier Yitzhak Rabin and his Foreign Minister Yigal Allon. D.M.C. Leader Yigael Yadin held the rank, as did United Nations Ambassador Chaim Herzog, Tel Aviv Mayor Shlomo Lahat and Israel's Chief Rabbi (Ashkenazi) Shlomo Goren.

At one time or another, all these men were generals in the Israeli army or air force. In perhaps no other nation are retired military men so visible in civilian life. There are currently 40 retired officers in Israel who held the rank of major general or...

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