January 7, 2019—New York—AJC mourns the passing today of Moshe Arens, a longtime Israeli political leader and diplomat, at age 93.

Mr. Arens, born in Lithuania and raised and educated in the United States, immigrated to the new State of Israel in 1948. Possessing degrees in engineering from MIT and the California Institute of Technology, he played a key role in the development of Israel’s aeronautical engineering industry. His election to the Knesset in 1974 on the Likud list launched a 25-year career in politics and government during which he held the post of Minister of Defense three separate times, and served as Foreign Minister and Ambassador to the United States.

AJC CEO David Harris said: “AJC had a long and warm relationship with Mr. Arens. He was a featured speaker before a number of AJC audiences, and also met numerous times with AJC delegations in Israel. He was unfailingly eloquent and gracious, with passionately held views on Israel’s national security needs and its vibrant commitment to democratic values. Israel has lost a pillar of the country’s founding generation and a highly-regarded spokesman for the Jewish state.”   

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