Former IDF general Doron Rubin, former Paratroopers unit chief, dies at 74

Retired IDF general Doron Rubin, who held top positions throughout his 25-year service, passed away on Saturday at the age of 74. Among his positions, he was a paratrooper battalion commander during the Yom Kippur War.
Doron Rubin Photo credit: GPO

Doron Rubin, a retired IDF general who held a variety of high-level positions in the army, passed away on Saturday at the age of 74.

Born in moshav Bustan HaGalil in the Western Galilee, Rubin joined the IDF in 1963. After the Six Day War, his paratrooper platoon was the first to hold a swearing-in ceremony at the Western Wall.

During the 1973 Yom Kippur War, he commanded the 202 Batallion and successfully led battles in the Sinai Peninsula. He was appointed as the head of the Paratroopers Brigade in 1979.

A failed operation in southern Lebanon in 1988 led to his decision to retire from the IDF after facing pressure from its then-Chief of Staff Ehud Barak.

Rubin was a famously-outspoken figure who did not shy away from confrontation. He voiced harsh criticism of former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in the aftermath of the Second Lebanon War in 2006.



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