Honoring the memory of Dov Lautman

Nov 24, 2013 Published under Introspection, Israel, Middle East

I just learned that Dov Lautman passed away this weekend.  Dov was one of the foremost Israeli business leaders.  More important, Dov was one of the biggest supporters of Arab-Israeli economic cooperation and of resolving the political conflict between Israel and all of its neighbors.  Dov was a true pioneer in this space – I learned a lot from him and am so grateful to him for all he taught me and all the doors he opened for me. I am also grateful for Dov’s encouragement and support at every step of the way.  Dov’s apparel company – Delta Galil – was a global player.  And Dov used much of his market power to foster joint ventures with Egyptian, Jordanian, Turkish and Palestinian companies.  Internally, he also worked hard to promote Arab citizens of Israel and to build a multicultural environment that celebrated differences and respected all equally.

More important than all of Dov’s business gifts and socio-political leadership, Dov was a real mentsch. He was kind to all. He was positive, reflective, resourceful, hard-working, and had no ego and no bad bone.  He was just such a sweet, wonderful human being.  Even as he faced a debilitating illness in his last decade, he carried himself with dignity and provided leadership and inspiration till the last day.

I will deeply miss him.

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