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Anu Anu HaPalmach - Former Members of the Palmach פלמ"ח

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  • Yigal Alon (1918 - 1980)
    Yigal Allon, יגאל אלון ‎, born October 10, 1918, died February 29, 1980), commander of the Palmach, was an Israeli politician, serving as one of the leaders of Mapai and the Alignment, acting Prime Min...
  • Moshe Dayan (1915 - 1981)
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  • Yitzhak Rabin, 5th Prime Minister of Israel (1922 - 1995)
    Yitzhak Rabin 5th Prime Minister of Israel Yitzhak Rabin (Hebrew: יִצְחָק רַבִּין ‎) (1 March 1922 – 4 November 1995) was an Israeli politician and general. He was the fifth Prime Minister of Israel, s...
  • Yitzhak Sadeh (1890 - 1952)
    יצחק שדה _________________________________________________________________________________ Yitzhak Sadeh (Hebrew: יצחק שדה ‎, born Isaac Landsberg; Lublin, Russian Empire, 1890 – Tel Aviv, Israel, 1952...
  • Eliyahu Golomb (1893 - 1945)
    אליהו גולומב Eliyau Golomb (Hebrew: אליהו גולומב‎, born 2 March 1893, died 11 June 1945) was the leader of the Jewish defense effort in Mandate Palestine and chief architect of the Haganah, the undergr...

The Palmach (Hebrew: פלמ"ח, acronym for Plugot Maḥatz (Hebrew: פלוגות מחץ), "strike force") was the elite fighting force of the Haganah, the underground army of the Yishuv (Jewish community) during the period of the British Mandate for Palestine. The Palmach was established on 15 May 1941. By the outbreak of the Israeli War of Independence it consisted of over 2,000 men and women in three fighting brigades and auxiliary aerial, naval and intelligence units. With the creation of Israel's army, the three Palmach Brigades were disbanded. This and political reasons compelled many of the senior Palmach officers to resign in 1950.

The Palmach contributed significantly to Israeli culture and ethos, well beyond its military contribution. Its members formed the backbone of the Israel Defense Forces high command for many years, and were prominent in Israeli politics, literature and culture.

Palmach Museum

Notable Palmachniks

High command

  • Eliyahu Golomb – general commander of Haganah
  • Yitzhak Sadeh – first general commander of Palmach
  • Yigal Allon – second general commander of Palmach (1945–1948)
  • Giora Shanan – lieutenant general deputy commander of the Palmach
  • David Nameri – lieutenant general commander of the Palmach
  • Yohanan Ratner – strategy officer
  • Moshe Bar-Tikva – training officer
  • Yitzhak Rabin – brigade commander; Allon's second in command
  • Moshe Kelman – 3rd Battalion commander

Special units commanders

  • Shimon Avidan – commander of the "German Department"
  • Israel Ben-Yehuda – commander of the "Arab Department"
  • Yigal Allon – commander of the "Syrian Department"

Company commanders (as of 1943)

  • Yigal Allon, Zalman Mars – Pluga Aleph commanders
  • Moshe Dayan, Meir Davidson, Uri Brenner – Pluga Beth commanders
  • Uri Yafeh – Pluga Gimel commander
  • Benjamin Goldstein Tzur – Pluga Dalet commander
  • Abraham Negev – Pluga Hey commander
  • Israel Livertovski, Shimon Avidan – Pluga Vav commander
  • Yehuda. L. Ben-Tzur – Palyam commander
  • Shmuel Tankus
  • Shmuel Yanai – Palyam commander
  • Rafael Eitan – 4th Battalion, Company A. 1948

Notable Palmach cultural figures include:

  • Yehuda Amichai – poet
  • Dahn Ben-Amotz – writer, journalist
  • Netiva Ben-Yehuda – journalist, writer, radio host
  • Haim Hefer – poet, writer
  • Haim Gouri – poet, writer
  • Shaike Ophir – actor
  • Moshe Shamir – writer, playwright
  • Hannah Szenes (Senesh) – poet
  • Vidal Sassoon – British hairdresser


  • Bracha Fuld (1926–1946), Palmach squad commander
  • Arie Gill-Glick (1930-2016), Israeli Olympic runner
  • Amitai Etzioni, author of Diary of a Commando Soldier (1952)
  • Amos Horev (born 1924), IDF Major-General, nuclear scientist, and President of Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
  • Eliezer Rafaeli (born 1926), founding President of the University of Haifa