Moshe Arens

Moshe Arens
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Date of birth(1925-12-27)27 December 1925
Place of birthKaunas, Lithuania
Year of aliyah1948
Date of death7 January 2019(2019-01-07) (aged 93)
Place of deathSavyon, Israel
Knessets8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15
Faction represented in Knesset
1973–1992Likud
1999–2003Likud
Ministerial roles
1983–1984Minister of Defense
1984–1988Minister without Portfolio
1988–1990Minister of Foreign Affairs
1990–1992Minister of Defense
1999[1]Minister of Defense

Moshe Arens (27 December 1925 – 7 January 2019) was an Israeli aeronautical engineer, researcher, diplomat and Likud politician. A member of the Knesset between 1973 and 1992 and again from 1999 until 2003, he served as Minister of Defense three times and once as Minister of Foreign Affairs. Arens also served as the Israeli ambassador to the U.S. and was a professor at the Technion in Haifa.

Early life and education

Moshe Arens was born in Kaunas, Lithuania, to a Jewish family. His father was an industrialist and his mother was a dentist.[2] When he was a year old, his family moved to Riga, Latvia. where he attended elementary school. In 1939, Arens and his family immigrated to the United States, where his father had business interests. The family settled in New York City, where Arens attended George Washington High School.

As a youth, Arens was a leader in the Betar youth movement. During World War II, Arens served in the United States Army Corps of Engineers as a Technical Sergeant. Following the Israeli Declaration of Independence in 1948, Arens immigrated to the new State of Israel and joined the Irgun, despite the opposition of his father. He was sent to North Africa (mostly Morocco and Algeria) and Europe to help local Jewish communities establish self-defense groups. In March 1949, he returned to Israel, and became a founding member of the Herut party, which had grown out of the Irgun. He worked as an engineer for an American company that designed water systems for Tel Aviv.

In 1951, he returned to the United States, and studied engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and aeronautical engineering at the California Institute of Technology where he was a student of Qian Xuesen, then worked for a time in the aircraft industry.[3][4][5][6]

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