Meir Dagan, a former general in the Israeli army and longtime director of the Mossad espionage agency, died on Thursday at the age of 71.
“Former Mossad head Meir Dagan passed away this morning,” the Mossad said in a statement. “Mossad chief Yossi Cohen, the department heads and the workers of the Mossad express their deep sorrow and the condolences to the Dagan family.”
Dagan was born in the Soviet Union as Meir Huberman in 1945 to parents who were Holocaust survivors. The family immigrated to Israel when he was five, settling in Bat Yam. Dagan was inducted into the Paratroops in 1963, serving in its reconnaissance unit. He served in the Israel Defense Forces for more than 30 years, where he reached the rank of major general.
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