On The Passing Of A True Zionist

Moshe Arens, a prominent Israeli politician of the 1980’s and 1990’s is dead at 93.

Moshe Arens, of blessed memory

Copyright: Helene C. Stikkel [Public domain]

Yesterday the Jewish people lost one of its finest members. Moshe Arens, one of the founders of my alma mater, the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, the Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI), and the Israel Armaments Development Corporation (REFAEL), a former minster for defense and foreign affairs, a member of Knesset, and an altogether good guy is no longer with us after 93 years of an extraordinary life. Arens launched the career of the current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who eulogized him saying that he loved him “as a son loves a father”. Mr. Arens is among the founding fathers of Israel as a secure, modern state and as a hi-tech superpower. His contributions to Israel and the Jewish people are too numerous to count, but I will always remember him from my days as a young engineering student, looking at me from the wall of the main corridor in the Faculty of aerospace Engineering, a young guy still, with a serious, piercing expression in his somewhat doleful eyes. Surrounded by only a handful of others, he was among the founding faculty of the Department and I remember him well. May his soul be bundled forever in the bundle of Life.

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