LT. GEN. MORDECHAI "MOTTA" GUR (Hebrew : מרדכי "מוטה"
גור, May 6, 1930 – July 16, 1995) was an Israeli politician
and the 10th Chief of Staff of the IDF . During the Six-Day War
(1967), he commanded the division that penetrated the Old City of
* 1 Military career * 2 Civilian and political career * 3 Death * 4 Bibliography * 5 See also * 6 References * 7 External links
Gur was born in
In the IDF, Gur served in the
Paratroopers Brigade most of his career
and became one of the symbols of the "red beret" brigade. During the
1950s he was a company commander under the command of
After he returned he was appointed as the commander of the Golani Brigade (1961–1963) and commanded the counter-terror raid in Nukiev. He brought over the traditions and attitude of the Paratroopers, raised morale, and helped instill an espirit de corps in Golani for which the brigade is still famous. In 1965 he was appointed as the head of the operations branch in the general staff of the IDF. He later also served as a commander of the IDF commanders' school.
In 1966 Gur was appointed as the commander of the 55th Paratroopers
Brigade (Reserve), which he led during the Six-Day War. Gur and his
troops were part of the assault force which wrested
After the war he was promoted to Brigadier General's rank and was
appointed as the IDF commander in the
From August 1972 to December 1973 he served as the IDF military attache at Israel's Washington D.C., embassy. In January 1974 he was reappointed as the commander of the northern front.
Following the retirement of General
CIVILIAN AND POLITICAL CAREER
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1991–1995 Labor Party
1984–1986 Minister of Health
1988–1990 Minister without Portfolio
Following his retirement from the IDF, Gur was appointed as the
general manager of Kur Mechanica company. In 1981 he was elected to
After the Labor Party won the 1992 elections , Gur was appointed
Deputy Minister of Defense , responsible for preparing the Israeli
economy for times of war and crisis and interacting with the Jewish
In 1995, Gur became seriously ill with terminal cancer. He committed suicide with a handgun on July 16, 1995 at the age of 65.
Area 21, a military base in the Sharon plain , was renamed in his honour (Camp Motta Gur).
* Har HaBayit BeYadeinu (literally "The
* List of Israel\'s Chiefs of the General Staff
* Mordechai Gur on the Knesset