Shlomo Gazit

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Shlomo Gazit (born Shlomo Weinstein, in 1926) is a retired Major General in the Israel Defense Forces and was in the past head of the intelligence service of the Israeli army, 1974–1978.

Gazit was born in 1926 in Istanbul, Turkey, to a family of Ukrainian Jews. He served as the head of the assessment department in IDF intelligence before the Six Day War, but then took leave to study for a Master degree in history. Gazit's studies were interrupted in the summer of 1967, when he was appointed by Defense Minister Moshe Dayan to be in charge of a committee tasked with running the political, security, and later economic affairs in the newly captured territories. This group would later be renamed "The Unit for the Coordination of Operations in the Territories".

After seven years, Gazit was promoted to head of the Military Intelligence Directorate, a position he held from 1974 to 1978.

Upon his retirement from the IDF, he served as President of the Ben Gurion University in Beersheba for two four-year terms. Since 1988 he is a member of the staff of Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at the Tel Aviv University.

Books authored[edit]

  • The Middle East Military Balance, 1988-1989: A Comprehensive Data Base & In-Depth Analysis of Regional Strategic Issues, Westview Press, 1990. ISBN 0-8133-0961-1
  • The Middle East Military Balance, 1990-91, Westview Press, 1992. ISBN 0-8133-1413-5
  • The Middle East Military Balance 1992-1993, Westview Press, 1994. ISBN 0-8133-2218-9
  • The Middle East Military Balance 1993-1994, Westview Press, 1995. ISBN 0-8133-2658-3
  • The Palestinian refugee problem, Tel Aviv University, 1995. ISBN 965-459-016-6
  • The Carrot and the Stick: Israel's Policy in Judaea and Samaria, 1967-68 , B'nai B'rith Book Service, 1995. ISBN 0-910250-29-4
  • Trapped Fools; Thirty Years of Israeli Policy in the Territories, Frank Cass, 2003. ISBN 0-7146-8390-6
  • The Arab-Israeli Wars: War and Peace in the Middle East, Vintage, 2005. ISBN 1-4000-7963-2


  • Gazit, Shlomo. Trapped Fools; Thirty Years of Israeli Policy in the Territories. Frank Cass, 2003. ISBN 0-7146-8390-6