Yael Dayan

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Yael Dayan
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Date of birth (1939-02-12) 12 February 1939 (age 80)
Place of birthNahalal, Mandatory Palestine
Knessets13, 14, 15
Faction represented in Knesset
1992–1999Labor Party
1999–2001One Israel
2001–2003Labor Party

Yaël Dayan (Hebrew: יעל דיין, born 12 February 1939) is an Israeli politician and author. She served as a member of the Knesset between 1992 and 2003, and from 2008 to 2013 was the chair of Tel Aviv city council.[1] Her service on the city council ended with the 2013 election.[2] She is the daughter of Moshe Dayan and sister of Assi Dayan.


Dayan was born in Nahalal during the Mandate era, the daughter of Moshe Dayan and Ruth Schwartz, granddaughter of Shmuel Dayan. After serving in the IDF as a Captain in the Spokesperson's Unit, Dayan studied international relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and biology at the Open University of Israel.

Between 1959 and 1967, Dayan was in a relationship with Michael Cacoyannis and lived in Greece.[3] She later married Dov Sion, with whom she had two children.

Literary career[edit]

Yael Dayan gives a lecture at University of Haifa on November 12, 2014 in the program Women's Studies and Gender

Dayan first made a name for herself as an author and newspaper columnist, writing columns for Yedioth Ahronoth, Ma'ariv, Al HaMishmar and Davar.[4] She has published five novels as well as a memoir of the Six-Day War called Israel Journal: June 1967 and a biography of her father called My Father, His Daughter.

Political career[edit]

Dayan became a peace activist, joining the leadership of Peace Now, and was also involved in Bat Shalom, the International Center for Peace and the Council for Peace and Security, giving lectures around the world on the topics of peace and security.[4] In Israel she has also campaigned for Human Rights, Women's Rights, and LGBT rights.

In 1992, Dayan was elected to the Knesset on the Labor Party list and served as chairwoman of the Committee on the Status of Women. She was instrumental in pushing forward Israel's sexual harassment law in the 1990s. Re-elected in 1996 and 1999 (as a member of One Israel, an alliance of Labor, Meimad and Gesher), Dayan became chairwoman of the Committee on the Status of Women for a second time in 1999.

She lost her seat in the 2003 elections, and left Labor to join Meretz with Yossi Beilin. Dayan headed the Meretz list in the Tel Aviv municipal elections in 2004, with the party winning 5 out of 31 Seats on council and joining Ron Huldai's coalition. Until 2008 she served as Deputy Mayor and until 2013 she was responsible for social services. Mayor Huldai chose not to include Dayan on his list of candidates for the 2013 election, effectively ending her political career.

Published works[edit]


  • New Face in the Mirror - 1959
  • Envy The Frightened - 1961
  • Dust - 1963
  • Death Had Two Sons - 1967
  • Three Weeks in the Fall - 1979


  • The Promised Land: Memoirs of Shmuel Dayan (editor) - 1961
  • Israel Journal: June 1967 (also known as A Soldier's Diary) - 1967
  • My Father, His Daughter - 1985


  1. ^ "Alan Chartock...In Conversation with Yael Dayan".
  2. ^ "{title}". Archived from the original on 27 February 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  3. ^ שביט בן-אריה, חברות הכנסת: נשים מובילות בישראל, תשע"א-2011
  4. ^ a b Yael Dayan: Public Activities Knesset website

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