Amos Yaron

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Amos Yaron is a former Israeli general and defence official.


Yaron served for over thirty years in the Israeli Defence Forces in various command positions including Head of the Operations Directorate, Chief Infantry and Paratroopers’ Officer, and Commander of the Paratroop Brigade.[1]

Sabra and Shatila massacres

Yaron was a division commander during the 1982 invasion of Lebanon, during which Israel's Phalangist allies massacred some 800 to 1500 Palestinian refugees at Sabra and Shatila. Swiss NGO Trial recounts:

As a result of these events, Israel set up an official Commission of Inquiry headed by Yitzhak Kahan, a Supreme Court judge. On 7 February 1983, the Commission concluded on the culpability of the Lebanese Christian militias. Amos Yaron, for his part, was suspected of having allowed the Phalangists to get on with their criminal acts without intervening to put a stop to them. The report of the Kahan Commission stated that Amos Yaron was aware of the massacres and was reported to have urged the Phalangists not to kill the women and children. But beyond this, Amos Yaron was said to have done nothing to put a stop to the killings. To the Kahan Commission, the Brigadier General Yaron was in serious breach of the duties incumbent on his position.[2]

Survivors of the massacres brought a criminal case against Yaron and Ariel Sharon in Belgium in 2001. After a court ruling allowing the case to go ahead in July 2003, the Belgian Parliament modified the country's universal jurisdiction law, leading to the closure of the case.[2]

Defence Ministry

Yaron served as Director-General of the Defence Ministry from 1999 to 2005. For part of that period, the US refused to deal with him in a dispute over the transfer of drone technology to China.[3]




  1. Yaron, Amos,, accessed 26 July 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Amos Yaron, Trial, accessed 26 July 2012.
  3. Aluf Benn and Haaretz correspondent, Amos Yaron: U.S.-Israel defense dispute caused by misunderstanding, 1 September 2005.
  4. About Us, Anatech, accessed 26 July 2012.
  5. Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Amos Yaron, Elul Tamarynd, accessed 26 July 2012.