in Poland on October 13, 1922, to a religious
Zionist family, which immigrated to Eretz
Israel in 1933.
He joined the Betar movement in Jerusalem
at 13 and in 1940 he joined the Irgun. There
he held many positions: first, in the intelligence
service and then in the Fighting Force.
Yehiel saw action many times, as a rank-and-file
fighter and as commanding officer: including
the attack on Lydda airbase; the assault
on Yibne railway station and the attack
on Ramat Gan police station.
On December 29, 1946 he
was captured armed, together with Alkahi
and Kashani, upon returning from an operation.
They were tried before a military court
and sentenced to death. At the time of his
arrest, Dresner was commander of the Fighting
Force at Petah Tivka, and was equipped with
an identity card in the name of Dov Rosenbaum.
It was under this name that he went to the
gallows, on April 16, 1947 (together with
Dov Gruner, Mordechai Alkehi and Eliezer
Kashani) and the British and the general
public remained unaware of his real identity.
He was 25 when he was executed.
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