NAME: Nathanson, Michael

LEHI ALIAS: Zeev

DATE OF BIRTH: February 24, 1929

Michael (Micha), he was born on February 24, 1929 at Ein Hai (now known as Kfar Malal) to Elimelech and Rivka. He studied at the school for the children of workers in Kfar Saba. Soon, his family moved to Kfar Saba, where Michael encountered young men and women from the underground.

Since his parents were also suffused with the nationalist spirit, he quickly joined Lehi in late 1944. He was active in operations designated for young people: putting up posters, observing British movements and carrying messages. Afterwards, he was sent to train with firearms and explosives, and within a short time, he joined aggressive attacks on the British. Inter alia, he was part of the operation, along with three colleagues, to derail a British train near Tulkarm. The electric mine was put on the tracks, but when they pressed the button, it did not work. They were discovered by a British patrol, which opened fire and pursued them; they barely escaped with their lives.

In a similar operation, near Kalkilya, Michael and his colleague managed to derail a train. He also laid mines in front of British vehicles and set up a roadblock near the Tel Aviv beach, by the “Kalaniot” British Army base. This operation allowed them to recover firearms from the British.

His father helped as well, and the family home was often a gathering place before operations.

Near the outbreak of the War of Independence, Michael joined the Palmach. His unit went to the Negev where he took part in battles and was injured on the way to Abu Agila.

After the war, he joined a private group headed by David Frummer, which was hired by the Jewish Agency to clear mines and prepare territory for new settlements. After this, he was assigned to Unit 154 of the Intelligence Corps, and for close to seven years he was a handler for Arab agents. He then returned home to his father, who had set up a farm in the Kadima settlement in the Sharon, and he dedicated himself to agricultural work.

In late 1967, the security forces once again turned to him for intelligence work in the Arab sector, in which he worked from 1968 until 1984.

He returned to develop the farm, but five years later, he was summoned back to security work, which he resumed from 1989 to 1996. Then he was forced to retire due to a serious liver condition.

On July 31,1955, Michael married Vardia Yardeni. They had three children and numerous grandchildren.

As a hobby, Michael collected antiquities, mainly pieces of pottery and glassware.

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