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  Iyar 18, 5772 , 10/05/12

Memorial Observance for Aharon Yariv Friday

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are scheduled to hold a memorial service, Friday morning at 10:00 in the Kiryat Shaul cemetery for former military intelligence chief Aharon Yariv, who passed away in 1994. General Yariv left the IDF in 1972. After the murder of 11 Israelis at the Munich Olympics in 1972, he served as Prime Minister Golda Meir's advisor on counterterrorism and directed Operation Wrath of G-d, also known as Operation Bayonet, which sought to eliminate those directly or indirectly involved in the massacre. The operation spawned a book and a 1986 television movie "Sword of Gideon", and Steven Spielberg's 2005 theatrical release "Munich", in which he was portrayed by Amos Lavi.

Following his intelligence career, Yariv joined the Ma'arach (Alignment) party, a forerunner of the Labor party, and served in the Knesset from 1973 until 1977. He held the information and transportation portfolios until 1975.

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