הנצחה באנדרטה ביער לח”י במשמר איילון
שמו של אליהו גלעדי חרוט על לוח באנדרטה ביער לח”י
לבנת זיכרון על שם חיים אפלבוים בהיכל הזיכרון הממלכתי בהר הרצל

NAME: Giladi (Green) Eliyahu

DATE OF BIRTH: 1915

DATE FALLEN: September 1, 1943

Eliyahu was born in 1915  in a Transylvanian town, to Moshe and Rachel Green. He was sent to study at a yeshiva in Satmar but rebelled. He left home, and  worked in leather for a living. Joining Beitar, he was active, and acknowledged of having a forceful personality, deep passion, and exceptional organizational skills. He was recruited to the Romanian Army, defected to Hungary 1938 hoping to make aliya, then arrested in Budapest for illegal entry. Revisionist Party leaders helped release him, and he was put on an immigrant ship. Arriving in Eretz-Yisrael, he Hebraized his name to Gil’adi, joined Beitar in Zichron-Ya’acov and later  Be’er-Ya’acov. There he joined the Etzel and was one of its active members. During the split in 1940 he joined Lehi. During the wave of arrests, he was imprisoned at  Mizra Detention Camp. In September 1942 he escaped with Yitzhak Shamir, both reached Tel Aviv; Eliyahu disguised as a Jewish Ghaffir Policeman and Shamir as a Polish Officer. He returned to activity as head of Operations. Eliyahu believed in the immediate need to organize and consolidate the movement with priority to confiscation of money and goods. He planned and executed several operations, certain of which were too daring and too dangerous, thus arousing criticism and bitterness. Despite his remarkable talent, resourcefulness, bravery and daring, his ideas did not match the Lehi spirit – he believed that before fighting the British, the Yishuv should first be terrorized and certain of its leaders eliminated for their collaboration with the British. He planned a provocation which would have resulted in death of Jewish demonstrators, but was  prevented by Lehi members at the last minute. He had become a real danger to the War of Liberation and to the movement’s very existence. Disclosing him to the authorities was unacceptable. Removing him from the movement would have allowed him to operate freely causing havoc. After lengthy deliberation he was executed in September 1943. He was a victim of tragic circumstances of life and war, under acutely difficult underground conditions. He was not a traitor. His name is included in the list of soldiers fallen in the Wars of Israel.

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