A new report by Israeli daily Maariv has revealed that former Israeli Minister of “Defense” Moshe Dayan had stolen and smuggled antiques from Sinai during the Israeli occupation of the peninsula following the 1967 war.
Maariv’s journalist Ido Dissentshik revealed that his father, Arie, who was an editor at Marriv, had caught Dayan stealing antiques from Sinai while the former was serving in the Israeli reserve forces.
Dissentshik added that Dayan also supervised diggings that aimed at finding antiques before he could steal and smuggle them back to his house in Israel.
According to Dissentshik, Dayan would carry out diggings in Serabit el-Khadim, a locality in the southwest of Sinai, before he could smuggle the antiques in bags that were being carried in a helicopter.
The Israeli newspaper added that Dayan continued to smuggle Egyptian-owned antiques during the period from 1967 and until the Israeli withdrawal from Sinai in 1973.