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David Ivry (Hebrew: דוד עברי‎; born 1934) was the Israeli Ambassador to the United States from 2000 to 2002, and the ninth commander of the Israeli Air Force (IAF). In 1999, he was appointed first director of the Israeli National Security Council. Since 2003 he is the vice president of Boeing International and president of Boeing Israel.[1]

David Ivry
David Ivry.jpg
Ivry in October 2001
Israeli Ambassador to the United States
In office
2000–2002
Preceded byZalman Shoval
Succeeded byDaniel Ayalon
Personal details
Born1934
Tel Aviv, Mandate Palestine
Military career
Allegiance State of Israel
Service/branchIsrael Defense Forces
Years of service1952–1982
RankAluf
Commands heldCommander of the flight-instruction school at Tel Nof Airbase, Commander of the first Israeli squadron of the French Dassault Mirage, Commander of the Israeli Air Force
Battles/warsSuez Crisis
Six-Day War
War of Attrition
1982 Lebanon War
South Lebanon conflict
Other workDirector of the Israeli National Security Council

BiographyEdit

David Ivry was born in Tel Aviv.[2] In 1952 he was recruited to the Israeli Air Force, where he served as a pilot of a P-51 Mustang. In 1956 he was sent to a special flight-instructors course in the UK, and became the commander of the flight-instruction school at Tel Nof Airbase. During the Sinai Campaign he served as an Ouragan pilot. In 1959 he ejected from his Dassault Super Mystère during an engagement with an Egyptian Mig-17.[3] In 1962, he became the commander of the first Israeli squadron of the French Dassault Mirage. In the Six-Day War, Ivry served as a Mirage pilot and the commander of the Mystère squadron.

From October 1977 to December 1982, he served as the ninth commander of the IAF. While he was in command, the IAI bases were moved from Sinai to the Negev, the air force took part in Operation Litani and Operation Opera. He was in command of Operation Mole Cricket 19 in the early stages of the 1982 Lebanon War.[4]

On September 2, 2003, Boeing named Ivry as vice president of Boeing International and president of Boeing Israel. He represents the company’s business interests and coordinates companywide business activities in Israel.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.boeing.com/company/key-orgs/boeing-international/david-ivry.page
  2. ^ https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/biography/Ivry.html
  3. ^ http://www.ejection-history.org.uk/Aircraft_by_Type/ISRAEL/Super%20Mystere%20B2.htm
  4. ^ Grant, Rebecca. "The Bekaa Valley Ward". Air Force Magazine Online. 85 (June 2002). Archived from the original on 2008-05-28. Retrieved 2008-09-10.
  5. ^ http://www.boeing.com/company/key-orgs/boeing-international/david-ivry.page