Moshe Arens obituary

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Aeronautical engineer and Likud politician who served as Israel’s defence minister and foreign minister

Over the course of Israel’s first seven decades Moshe Arens, who has died aged 93, served his country as defence minister three times, as foreign minister and through his brilliance as an aeronautical engineer. He was an early mentor of Benjamin Netanyahu, though promoted him so successfully that Arens’ own hopes of becoming prime minister evaporated in the process.

While he held the defence portfolio during the 1991 Gulf war, he wanted to retaliate when Iraqi Scud missiles hit Tel Aviv. But President George HW Bush warned that such action would sabotage the anti-Saddam coalition.

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