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Yigael Yadin

Yigael Yadin was an Ottoman-born Israeli archeologist and politician. He was the second Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces and Deputy Prime Minister from 1977 to 1981. Yadin was born in 1917 to noted archaeologist Eleazar Sukenik and educationalist and women's rights activist Hasya Sukenik-Feinsod, he joined the Haganah at age 15, served there in a variety of different capacities. In 1946, however, he left the Haganah following an argument with its commander Yitzhak Sadeh over the inclusion of a machine gun as part of standard squad equipment, he was a university student when, in 1948, shortly before the State of Israel declared its independence, he was called back to active service by David Ben-Gurion. He was Israel's Head of Operations during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, was responsible for many of the key decisions made during the course of that war. In June 1948 he threatened to resign during the Generals' Revolt during which he accused Ben-Gurion of attempting "to transform the army as a whole into an army of one political party".

Yadin was appointed Chief of Staff of the IDF on 9 November 1949, following the resignation of Yaakov Dori, served in that capacity for three years. He resigned on 7 December 1952, over disagreements with prime minister and defense minister David Ben-Gurion about cuts to the military budget, which he argued should be at least one third of the national budget. By age thirty-five, he had completed his military career. Upon leaving the military, he began his life's work in archeology. In 1956 he received the Israel Prize in Jewish studies, for his doctoral thesis on the translation of the Dead Sea Scrolls; as an archeologist, he excavated some of the most important sites in the region, including the Qumran Caves, Hazor, Tel Megiddo and caves in Judean Desert where artifacts from Bar Kokhba revolt were found. In 1960 he initiated scholarly archeological exploration of caves south of Ein Gedi, an enterprise approved by Ben-Gurion in which Israel Defense Forces rendered considerable support, he wrote about the expedition and its findings in his 1971 book Bar-Kokhba: The Rediscovery of the Legendary Hero of the Second Jewish Revolt against Rome.

Yadin considered the Solomonic Gate at Tel Gezer to be the highpoint of his career. He was sometimes forced to deal with the theft of important artifacts by prominent political and military figures. In one instance, where the thefts were attributed to the famous one-eyed general Moshe Dayan, he remarked: "I know who did it, I am not going to say who it is, but if I catch him, I'll poke out his other eye, too." As an archeologist, Yadin never abandoned public life. On the eve of the Six-Day War, he served as a military adviser to prime minister Levi Eshkol, following the Yom Kippur War, he was a member of the Agranat Commission that investigated the actions that led to the war. In 1976 Yadin formed the Democratic Movement for Change known by its Hebrew acronym Dash, together with Professor Amnon Rubinstein, Shmuel Tamir, Meir Amit, Meir Zorea, many other prominent public figures; the new party seemed to be an ideal solution for many Israelis who were fed up with alleged corruption in the Labor Alignment, which included the Yadlin affair, the suicide of Housing Minister Avraham Ofer, Leah Rabin's illegal dollar-denominated account in the United States.

Furthermore, Dash was a response to the increasing sense of frustration and despair in the aftermath of the 1973 war, the social and political developments that followed in its wake. Many people regarded Yadin, a warrior and a scholar, as the quintessential prototype of the ideal Israeli, untainted by corruption, who could lead the country on a new path. In the 1977 elections, which transformed the Israeli political landscape, the new party did remarkably well for its first attempt to enter the Knesset, winning 15 of the 120 seats; as a result of the election, Likud party leader Menachem Begin was able to form a coalition without Dash lowering the bargaining power of Dash. Dash joined the coalition after a few months; as the new Deputy Prime Minister, Yadin played a pivotal role in many events that took place the contacts with Egypt, which led to the signing of the Camp David Accords and the peace treaty between Israel and its neighbor. Dash itself proved to be a failure, the party broke up into numerous splinter factions.

During a cabinet meeting, May 1981, while still Deputy Prime Minister, he accused Chief of Staff Rafael Eitan of "lying to the government" and told Prime Minister Begin "You have lost control of the defence establishment." He retired from politics in 1981. Yadin was married to Carmela, who worked with him throughout his career in translating and editing his books and with whom he had two daughters and Littal, he was buried in the military cemetery in Mount Herzl in Jerusalem. The Israeli actor Yossi Yadin was his brother. Views of the Biblical World. Jerusalem: International Publishing Company J-m Ltd, 1959; the Art of Warfare in Biblical Lands. McGraw-Hill, 1963. Masada: Herod's Fortress and the ZealotsLast Stand. New York: Random House, 1966. Hazor The Bar Kochba Caves.. Maariv, 1971 Bar-Kokhba: The Rediscovery of the Legendary Hero of the Second Jewish Revolt against Rome. New York: Random House, 1971 The Temple Scroll published posthumously London, Weidenfeld &

Benbrook Middle-High School

Benbrook Middle-High School is a combined middle and high school in Benbrook, Texas. It is within the Fort Worth Independent School District, it is southeast of Westpark Elementary School and situated in a 175,600-square-foot building on a 31-acre plot of land. It opened as Benbrook Middle School in August 2011. VLK Architects, Inc. served as the architect, AECOM was the program manager, General Contractor Thomas S. Bryne was the builder. In 2014 the 9th grade class began the school became a mixed middle and high school. Benbrook Middle-High School serves about 1,598 students and enrollment has been increasing since 2012. 50.4% of their students are white, 37.6% Hispanic, 6.9% African American, 5.3% of students are either mixed, American Indian, or Pacific Islander. A little over 40% of their students receive free or discounted lunch. There is a 16.8 student to teacher ratio at BMHS. Benbrook Middle-High School Benbrook Middle-High School PTA Benbrook Middle-High School Library

The Cuckoo Tree

The Cuckoo Tree is a children's novel by Joan Aiken, first published in 1971. Taking place in an alternate history, the story presents the further adventures of Dido Twite, a teenage Victorian tomboy, in southern England; the novel is chronologically the fifth of the Wolves Chronicles, a series of books set in a fictional 19th century in which the Stuart kings had not been ousted by William of Orange. The Cuckoo Tree was published before The Stolen Lake. Captain Hughes and Dido Twite are travelling by stagecoach from the port of Chichester with important dispatches for the Admiralty in London when the carriage is upset and Captain Hughes is injured. While looking for help, Dido encounters a group of men. At Teagleaze Manor, Dido encounters several characters including Lady Tegleaze, who sends her servants and personal physician to the aid of Captain Hughes. Hughes is settled in an abandoned tenant cottage to recover, under the care of a local nurse, the unpleasant Mrs. Lubbage. Unwilling to trust the local postman and needing to get the dispatches to London, Dido goes to "the Cuckoo Tree," a local landmark used as a rendezvous by the smugglers.

There she encounters Cris, a mysterious child who proves to be a key element in a plot to swindle Lady Tegleaze out of her property. However there is another plot afoot. With the aid of Cris and the Wineberry smugglers, Dido must rescue Lady Tegleaze' grandson Sir Tobit and race the Hanoverian plotters to St. Pauls Cathedral, where her old friend Simon is now Master of the King's Garlandries. Dido Twite, a teenage cockney.