Mordechai Limon

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Mordechai Limon
Mordechai Limon with David Ben-Gurion.jpeg
Mordechai Limon (left) with David Ben-Gurion
Born(1924-01-03)January 3, 1924
DiedMay 16, 2009(2009-05-16) (aged 85)
Allegiance Israel
Service/branch Israeli Navy
Years of service1940–1954
Commands heldCommander of the Israeli navy
Battles/warsWorld War II
1947–1949 Palestine war

Mordechai Limon (Hebrew: מרדכי לימון‎, January 3, 1924 – May 15, 2009) was the fourth commander of the Israeli navy, serving from December 14, 1950 until July 1, 1954.

Limon was born in Baranovichi and made aliyah to Mandatory Palestine in 1932. He grew up in Tel Aviv and joined Hashomer Hatzair youth movement.

During World War II, Limon joined the Palmach, and served in Palyam.

Limon oversaw the Cherbourg Project that involved smuggling five missile boats that had originally been purchased by Israel and embargoed by France. He would be subsequently expelled from France.[1] His daughter, Nili Limon (born 1951), is married to Nathaniel Robert de Rothschild, son of Élie de Rothschild.[2]


  1. ^ "First Commander of Israeli Navy Passes Away". Israel National News. 16 May 2009.
  2. ^ Haaretz: "Russian billionaire takes a local interest" by Moti Bassok and Sophie Shulman March 25, 2004

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