Zvi Elpeleg at the wedding of his young brother, Yerach
|Died||27 June 2015(aged 88–89)|
Zvi Elpeleg (1926 – 27 June 2015) was an academic, author, and a senior researcher at the Dayan Institute at Tel Aviv University. Born in Poland, Elpeleg served as a colonel in the Israeli army and later received an ambassadorial appointment.
Elpeleg was born in 1926 in Baranow, Poland to his parents Rivka (née Zayfntreger) and Yosef Elphlang. His father was a carpenter and his mother a house wife. Elpeleg was the second of four siblings: Hadasa (1924), David (1928) and Yerachmiel (1929). In 1934 the family came to Israel and settled in the Makabi-Tzrifim neighbourhood in Jaffa. Following David Ben-Gurion instruction that officers should change their family name to a Hebrew one, Elpeleg changed his name from Elphlang to Elpeleg. In the mid-1950s Elpeleg was the military governor of the Triangle and from 1956 to 1957 the military governor of Gaza. He became Israel's first military governor of the West Bank in 1967. He would repeat the role during the Israeli occupation of the Fayid region in Egypt in 1973, and again in occupied South Lebanon in 1982.
He entered academia as an Arabist and, since 1972, he has been attached, as senior researcher, to the Dayan Institute. He has authored a biography of Haj Amin al-Husseini, which is considered one of the standard works on the man.
Zvi Elpeleg served as chairman of the Turkey-Israel Friendship Association and was appointed Turkey's honorary consul to Tel Aviv by the former Turkish president Süleyman Demirel in gratitude for the role he played in overseeing Israeli IDF Aid for Turkish Earthquake Victims in August 1999.
- Teitelbaum, Sheldon (January 2000). "One on One: Portrait of Michal Snunit". Hasassah Magazine. Archived from the original on 2004-09-06. Retrieved 2008-01-04.
- Elpeleg, Zvi (2002). "Respect their philosophy of survival (end note bio)". Bitterlemons.org / Media monitors.
- Herz, Dietmar; Jetzlsperger, Christian; Ahlborn, Kai, eds. (2003). Der israelisch-palästinensische Konflikt: Hintergründe, Dimensionen und Perspektiven. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag. p. 227. ISBN 3-515-08259-X.
- Fisk, Robert (2001-06-01). "Obituary: Faisal Husseini". The Independent (London).
- Nachmani, Amikam (2003). Turkey: Facing a New Millennium : Coping With Intertwined Conflicts. Manchester University Press. p. 209. ISBN 0-7190-6370-1.
- Zvi Elpeleg, The Grand Mufti: Haj Amin Al-Hussaini, Founder of the Palestinian National Movement, Frank Cass Publishers, 1991. ISBN 0-7146-4100-6.
- "Today's Zaman". Today's Zaman. 2006. Archived from the original on 2008-02-07.
- "Israeli IDF Aid for Turkish Earthquake Victims". Israeli Foreign Ministry. 1999.
- "In Memory of Dr. Zvi Elpeleg". Tel Aviv University. Archived from the original on August 13, 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
- Zvi Elpeleg, Why was 'Independent Palestine' Never Created in 1948 ?, published in The Jerusalem Quarterly, 50, Spring 1989, retrieved from Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, 6 January 2008.
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