Aharon Yariv (Hebrew: אהרן רבינוביץ' יריב, 20 December 1920 – 7 May 1994) was an Israeli politician and general.
Aharon ("Aharale")Rabinovich (later Yariv) was born in Moscow in the Soviet Union. He immigrated to Palestine at the age of 15 and studied at the Pardes Hanna Agricultural High School. He began his military service in the Haganah in 1938, and later the British Army.
Military and political career
Yariv served in the Israel Defense Forces as a field officer. Later he served as the Israeli military attaché to Washington. From 1964 to 1972, he was head of Aman, the IDF's military intelligence. After the Munich Massacre in 1972, he became Prime Minister Golda Meir's advisor on counterterrorism and directed Operation Wrath of God. During the October War of 1973 he led the Israeli military delegation at the Kilometer 101 talks with Egypt's General Mohamed Abdel Ghani el-Gamasy which endeavoured to bring about a military disengagement treaty.
After leaving the army, he joined the Alignment. He was elected to the Knesset in the 1973 elections, and was appointed Transportation Minister, and then Information Minister. He resigned from the latter post in 1975, and then from the Knesset shortly before the 1977 elections. In March 1979 he concluded the PLO had failed to disrupt normal life, halt immigration or deter tourism.
Yitzhak Rabin, Prime Minister at the time of his death, gave the eulogy at his funeral in 1994. Yariv was played by actor Amos Lavi in Steven Spielberg's 2005 film Munich.
- Oren, Michael B. Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making if the Modern Middle East. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002. ISBN 978-0-19-515174-9, 76 p.