Lt.-Gen. (Ret.) Mordechai (Motta) Gur was born on May 6, 1930, and died on July 16, 1995.
The following are some of the major events of his life.
April 1948 Enlisted in Israel Defense Forces. Served in operational and policy-making positions.
1951-1954 Attended Hebrew University, Middle Eastern Studies.
1959-1960 Attended Ecole Militarie, Ecole de Guerre (Military College), Paris.
1967 Commander of Brigade which liberated Jerusalem.
1970-1972 OC Northern Command.
1972-1973 Military Attache to the United States.
1973 Following the Yom Kippur War returned to his post as OC Northern Command until his appointment as IDF Chief of Staff. During this period he was responsible for the Entebbe Operation (1976) and Operation Litani (1978).
1978 Discharged from IDF.
1979 Harvard School of Business, Boston.
1979-1984 Director of Koor Mechanics, a division of Koor Ltd.
1981 Elected as Labor Party Member of Knesset, appointed Member of Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.
1984 Re-elected to Knesset, appointed Health Minister.
1986 Chairman, Board of Directors, Solel Boneh Ltd. Appointed Member of Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.
1988 Re-elected to Knesset, appointed Minister without Portfolio.
1992 Re-elected to Knesset, appointed Deputy Defense Minister.
Sources: Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs