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Uri Bar-Joseph

Uri Bar-Joseph

Uri Bar-Joseph is professor emeritus in the Department for International Relations of The School for Political Science at Haifa University. He specializes in national security, intelligence studies and the Arab-Israeli conflict. He earned his PhD in 1990 from Stanford University, under the supervision of Alexander George. His dissertation, Intelligence intervention in the Politics of Democratic States: The US, Israel, and Britain was published by Penn State Press and won Choice's Outstanding Academic Books Award for 1996.

Bar-Joseph is best known for his studies of the intelligence failure of the Yom Kippur War. His book, The Watchman Fell Asleep (SUNY, 2005), is the first detailed academic study of the subject and is considered the most important study in this field. The Hebrew edition (2001) won the Israeli Political Science Association Best Book Award in 2002. The Israeli made docudrama, "The Silence of the Sirens", which is based on this book won the Israeli Academy award for the best television feature film in 2004 .

In 2016, Bar-Joseph published 'The Angel:The Egyptian spy who saved Israel'(HarperCollins), which recounts the story of Ashraf Marwan (code-named by the Mossad "The Angel"), who was President Gamal Abdel Nasser's son in law, President Sadat's close advisor, and an Israeli spy. The book was the winner of the National Jewish Book Award (History) in 2016 and was selected by the American Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) as The Best Intelligence Book of 2017. Marwan's early warning, on the eve of the Yom Kippur War, that war would break the following day, convinced Israeli leaders to order the mobilization of the reserve army and this early mobilization prevented the complete occupation of the Golan Heights on the second day of the war. Marwan continued working for the Israeli intelligence services till 1998. His true identity as an Israeli spy was leaked to the press by the former Chief of Military Intelligence Eli Zeira, who had served in this capacity during the Yom Kippur War. The document written by Bar-Joseph about this leak served as the basis for the official charges pressed by senior Israeli intelligence officers against Zeira, charging him with leaking the identity of the most important spy in Israel's history whose warning had effectively saved the country in 1973. A judicial inquiry proved that Zeira had leaked the name.

Bar-Joseph most recent book (co-authored with Rose McDermott) titled Intelligence Success and Failure: The Human Factor" was published by Oxford University Press in 2017.

Other major works

The Angel: The Egyptian Spy who Saved Israel
  • Uri Bar-Joseph, Amos Perlmutter, Michael I. Handel, Two Minutes Over Baghdad, London: Corgi, 1982, London Frank Cass 2003
  • The Best of Enemies: Israel and Transjordan in the War of 1948, London: Frank Cass, 1987
  • Intelligence intervention in the politics of democratic states: the United States, Israel, and Britain, University Park: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 1995
  • Israel's National Security Towards the 21st Century (ed.), London: Frank Cass, 2001
  • The Watchman Fell Asleep: The Surprise of the Yom Kippur War and Its Sources, Albany: State of New York University Press, 2005
  • The Angel: The Egyptian Spy who Saved Israel, New York: HarperColins, 2016
  • Intelligence Success and Failure: A comparative Study, With Rose McDermott, Oxford UP., 2016

(Hebrew) Tel Aviv: Zmora-Bitan, 2001, 532 pages ² (a new and updated edition of the 2001 book was published in 2013).

Essays and articles

Essays and articles in Hebrew


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