(1923 - 2004)
Born in the Ukraine, Zur came to Mandate Palestine
as a baby.
He joined the Haganah in 1939, becoming a Givati Brigade
battalion commander during the War of Independence. After the war he
became brigade commander, and then chief of staff of the southern command.
In 1951 he was appointed chief of the IDF's manpower
division. In 1956 he became commander of the central command; in 1958,
he became deputy chief of staff. He studied in Paris, 1958-1961, and
served as Israel's sixth chief of the general staff, 1961-1963.
Upon retiring from the IDF, he became director of
Mekorot, Israel's water company. In 1965 he was elected to the Knesset,
representing the Rafi party, but resigned. Before the Six Day War, in
June 1967, he became assistant to the defense minister.
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