JERUSALEM — Shlomo Baum, a founder of a feared Israeli commando unit and a noted right-wing activist, died in Jerusalem on Sunday, Israel TV reported. He was 70.
The cause of death was not immediately known.
Baum was one of the founders of the 101 unit, which carried out bloody reprisal raids in Jordanian-held territory in the 1950s. The unit was led by Ariel Sharon, now Israel's foreign minister.
Baum lived in the mixed Jewish-Arab neighborhood of Abu Tor, and was noted for his shaved head, muscular physique and a talent for a controversial turn of phrase.
Baum boasted that he always kept his pistol loaded. "I don't need police protection," he said. "I will shoot anyone who tries to attack me, straight between the eyes."