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Eitan Ben Eliyahu
Eitan Ben Eliahu.jpg
Born 1944
Allegiance Israel Israel
Service/branch  Israeli Air Force
Rank Aluf
Battles/wars Yom Kippur War
Operation Opera

Aluf Eitan Ben Eliyahu (born 1944)[1] is a retired Major General in the Israel Defense Forces and was the Commander of the Israeli Air Force (IAF).

Early life and military career[edit]

Eliyahu's father was born in Khorramshahr, Iran, and in 1922 immigrated to British-mandated Palestine; Eliyahu himself was born in Jerusalem in 1944.[1] During the 1973 Yom Kippur War Eliyahu shot down two Egyptian fighters as he led of a squadron of F-4 Phantoms, and in 1981 he flew as fighter escort during Operation Opera, which resulted in the destruction of Iraq's Osirak nuclear reactor.[1] Eliyahu served as commander of an F-15 squadron, a base commander, head of the Operational Requirements Division, and in 1987 was appointed Head of Operations for the IAF.[2] On July 1, 1996 Eliyahu was promoted to Commander of the IAF.[3] Over the course of his tenure Eliyahu focused on extending the range of IAF operations, especially with regard to Iran.[1] As such, Eliyahu ordered 25 F-15I fighters, which had a longer range than Israel's previously purchased F-15s.[1] Eliyahu stepped down as IAF commander on April 4, 2000.[3]

Post-military activities[edit]

Since leaving active duty, Eliyahu founded and serves as CEO of the Sentry Technology Group, and was the president of East West Ventures Ltd. from 2000 to 2002.[4] He serves as the Board Chairman of the Koret Foundation's Israel Economic Development Fund and the Co-Chair of the Israel National Museum of Science. Eliyahu is also on the boards of Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Zionism 2000, the Israel Democracy Institute, and the Rabin Research Center.[2][4]


Eliyahu studied at Bar Ilan University, where he received a B.A. in economics and business administration. He also earned an M.A.[5] from Tel Aviv University in strategy and international relations and completed Harvard's Advanced Management Program.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e Melman, Yossi and Javedanfar, Meir. The Nuclear Sphinx of Tehran. Basic Books, 2008. ISBN 978-0-7867-2106-1 pp. 187–188.
  2. ^ a b "Maj. Gen. (Res.) Eitan Ben Eliahu". Jerusalem Summit. Retrieved 2008-10-10. 
  3. ^ a b Aloni, Shlomo. Holmes, Tony. Israeli F-4 Phantom II Aces. Osprey Publishing, 2004. ISBN 978-1-84176-783-3 p. 35
  4. ^ a b "Museum Co-Chair Eitan Ben Eliahu". The Israel National Museum of Science. Retrieved 2008-10-11. 
  5. ^ "2003 Conference Speakers". Herzliya Conference. Retrieved 2008-10-10. 
  6. ^ "Maj. Gen. (Res.) Eitan Ben Eliahu — Director". Israel Air Force Center Foundation. Retrieved 2008-10-10. [dead link]

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The Guardian

The Guardian
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 01:02:29 -0700

Despite Tuesday's incident, the former Israeli air force commander Eitan Ben Eliyahu said he did not believe that the Assad regime was trying to provoke an escalation, adding that he did not believe the aircraft posed a threat to Israel before it was ...
Thu, 02 Aug 2012 09:57:41 -0700

... of this campaign in any case. Therefore, the solution calls for cooperation between Israel and the US. Otherwise, we will be forced to live under the threat of a nuclear Iran. Major General (res.) Eitan Ben-Eliyahu is a former commander of the ...

Israel Hayom

Israel Hayom
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 02:52:30 -0800

The number of stealth F-35 fighter jets Israel will purchase has been reduced from 31 to 14, due partly to concerns here and around the globe over its capabilities • Is it the right plane to lead the air force into the future, or an overpriced mistake?
Jerusalem Post
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:32:30 -0700

The event was hosted by Reuven Adler, the chairman of Friends of Beit Hatfutsot and his wife, Ronit, along with Eitan Ben-Eliyahu, chairman of the museum's board of governors; Irina Nevzlin Kogan, chairwoman of its board of directors; CEO Dan Tadmor; ...


Tue, 09 Sep 2014 08:10:13 -0700

Speaking at the systems launch in 2000, Major-General Eitan Ben Eliyahu said, “This is a great day for the Air Defense Forces, for the Air Force, the defense establishment and, I would say, for the State of Israel.” In January, Israel successfully ...
Jerusalem Post
Tue, 12 Aug 2014 11:55:24 -0700

However, the 500 respondents chosen agreed with TV critics with regard to Galant, and ranked him well above veteran commentators such as Eitan Ben-Eliyahu, Amos Yadlin and Danny Rothschild. Although the overwhelming majority of news presenters are ...
Jerusalem Post
Mon, 02 Jun 2014 13:15:27 -0700

Eitan Ben-Eliyahu, who is associate chair of the international board of trustees of Beit Hatfutsot, and who came with his significant other, Ravit Tralovski; Rabbi Abraham Skorka, the personal friend of Pope Francis who last week accompanied him on his ...
Wed, 27 Nov 2013 04:16:59 -0800

Eitan Ben-Eliyahu admits, "For us, to oust the pilots from the cockpit and fly unmanned platforms instead is definitely a blow to the ego. We trained them for dogfighting, but I can definitely see in the distant future dogfights between UAVs. This is ...

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