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Former IDF general Yitzhak Pundak dies at 104

Former IDF general Yitzhak Pundak passes away at age 104.

A well-regarded officer in the pre-state Palmach and during the early years of the state, Pundak was promised to be promoted to major general, the IDF’s second-highest rank, by then-chief of staff Moshe Dayan. By the time he left the army in 1959, it was clear Dayan, who had himself left the army by then, had backtracked on his promise.

In 2013, on Pundak’s 100th birthday, then-chief of staff Benny Gantz carried through on Dayan’s promise and promoted the long-retired Pundak to major general.

Pundak’s funeral will take place Monday afternoon in the cemetery at Kibbutz Nitzanim, located between the southern coastal cities of Ashkelon and Ashdod and the site of Pundak’s most famous battle in the 1948 Independence War.

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