Late Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Dayan had stolen and smuggled antiques from Sinai during Israeli occupation of the peninsula following 1967 war, Israeli daily Marriv has revealed.
Maariv’s journalist Ido Dissentshik said 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 own house in Israel.
According to Dissentshik, Dayan carried 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 daily added that Dayan continued to smuggle Egyptian-owned antiques during the period from 1967 until the Israeli withdrawal from Sinai.