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Shlomo Erell
Shlomo Arel.jpg
Native name
שלמה אראל
Born(1920-11-20)20 November 1920
Łódź, Poland
Died20 November 2018(2018-11-20) (aged 98)
Allegiance Israel
Service/branch Israeli Navy
Years of service1939–1968
Commands heldCaptain of the Israeli Naval vessel Palmach
IDF military attaché in the Israeli embassy in Italy
Commander of the Israeli Navy's missile ships
Commander of the Israeli Navy
Other workmember of the Likud party

Shlomo Erell (20 November 1920 – 20 November 2018) was a Major General in the IDF, and the seventh Commander of the Israeli Navy.[1]

Early life and family[edit]

Erell was born in Poland in 1920 and was taken to Mandate Palestine by his parents in 1926. His family moved to Petah Tikva, but eventually settled in Tel Aviv. In his youth, he was member of the Betar youth movement.[citation needed]


With the outbreak of World War II, Erell joined the British merchant marine. In January 1941, his ship was sunk by a torpedo from a German U-boat. Erell was rescued and after recuperating, he returned to the navy. After the war he was discharged from the Navy at the rank of captain. With the outbreak of the 1948 Arab–Israeli War Shlomo Erell joined the Israeli Navy and he became the captain of the Israeli Naval vessel Palmach. The Palmach was credited with many operations in the Sinai and in Lebanon.[citation needed]

After the war, Erell continued as an IDF officer. He held many posts including being the IDF military attaché in the Israeli embassy in Italy, and commander of the Israeli Navy's missile ships. In January 1966, Erell was promoted to the rank of Aluf (Major General) and became the Commander of the Israeli Navy. In 1968, he resigned from his posts as Commander of the Israeli Navy and he retired from the IDF.[citation needed]

After retiring, Erell received a master's degree in administration from Columbia University. In the 1970s, he became a member of the Likud party and from time to time he was brought in by Israeli leaders as an advisor of Naval issues.[citation needed]

Death and legacy[edit]

Erell died on 20 November 2018, on his 98th birthday.[2]

Published works[edit]

  • Erell, Shlomo (2000), Diplomacy in the Depths of the Sea. Ma'ariv Publishing.


  1. ^ Israel Navy Commanders-in-Chief Jewish Virtual Library
  2. ^ "מפקד חיל הים לשעבר, שלמה אראל, הלך לעולמו בגיל 98". 20 November 2018.