Yisrael Galil

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Yisrael Galili
Born Yisrael Galili
(1923-01-01)January 1, 1923
Mandatory Palestine
Died March 9, 1995(1995-03-09) (aged 72)
Giv'atayim, Israel
Occupation Weapons designer
Religion Jewish

Yisrael Galil (Blashnikov) (1923–March 9, 1995),[1] is best known for inventing the Galil assault rifle. He also helped create the Uzi submachine gun. He was known in the military by the nickname 'Father of the Rifle'.

Early life[edit]

Born in Mandatory Palestine in 1923, Galili served in the British Army in World War II. Following his discharge, he volunteered to work with the Haganah in weapons manufacture

Galil rifle[edit]

Together with Ya'akov Lior he invented the Galil assault rifle, which is named for him. In 1973, he received Israel's security prize for this achievement.

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  1. ^ "Yisrael Galili, Weapons Inventor,dies at 72". New York Times. 1995-04-11. Retrieved 2007-02-11.