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Fighting corruption. Dayan Photo: Yaron Brener
Fighting corruption. Dayan Photo: Yaron Brener
No secure spot. Netanyahu Photo: Amit Magal
No secure spot. Netanyahu Photo: Amit Magal

Retired general Uzi Dayan to join Likud

Netanyahu to announce former deputy chief of staff's induction into center-right party this Tuesday but will apparently not secure him spot on Likud's Knesset list

Attila Somfalvi
Published: 07.27.08, 19:49 / Israel News

Likud Chairman Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to announce the induction of Major-General (Res.) Uzi Dayan as a Likud member, Ynet learned Sunday.


Netanyahu and Dayan are set to hold a press conference on the matter this coming Tuesday, during which the general is expected to present his motives for joining the center-right party.


During his illustrious military career, Dayan served as commander of Sayeret Matkal (elite General Staff Reconnaissance Unit), head of the Central Command, and deputy chief of staff. He later headed the National Security Council.


Following his release from the army Dayan formed the political party and social movement Tafnit (turnaround). Dayan announced at the time that the party would place in the top of its platform the struggle against the "public corruption", but it failed to gain any Knesset seats in the 2006 general elections.


It appears that Netanyahu has not secured a spot for Dayan on the Likud's Knesset list, meaning that the general will have to participate in the party primaries ahead of the next general election.


Over the past two years Dayan has been involved in a number of campaigns, including the reservists' struggle for the establishment of an inquiry committee to probe the failures of the Second Lebanon War and the Holocaust survivors' ongoing protest against their treatment by the State. 


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