Dtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 1162 times:
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Former Israeli President Ezer Weizman, a flying ace and crack military commander who built up the nation's air force and helped bring about the Jewish state's first peace treaty with an Arab country, has died, Israeli officials said Sunday. He was 80.
Weizman was president between 1993-2000. In three decades in political life, he made a highly public transition from hawk to dove, saying the Jews had to learn to "share this part of the world" with the Arabs.
LY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1100 times:
A WWII RAF pilot he was also the longest serving IDF/AF commander (1958-1966 IIRC). Even after retiring from the military he was instrumental in helping preserve the tradition of the air force, including the preservation, in flying condition, of an IDF/AF Spitfire (The Black Spit) as part of the Air Force Museum.
His tendency to speak his mind sure made for an interesting political career!