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Uri Bar-Joseph is a professor 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, and an Israeli spy. Marwan’s early warning, on the eve of the Yom Kippur War, that war will 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 ineed had leaked the name.
Bar-Joseph most recent book (co-authored with Rose McDermott) titled "Intelligance Success and Failure: A comparative Study" will be published by Oxford UP towards the end of 2016.
Other major works
- The Best of Enemies: Israel and Transjordan in the War of 1948 (1987) F. Cass
- Intelligence intervention in the politics of democratic states: the United States, Israel, and Britain (2004) Pennsylvania State University Press
- Two Minutes Over Bagdad, Uri Bar-Joseph, Amos Perlmutter, Michael I. Handel (1982, 2003) F. Cass
(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 of recent years
- Forecasting a Hurricane: Israeli and American Estimations of the Khomeini Revolution.” The Journal of Strategic Studies. Vol. 36, 5 (October 2013), 718-742.
- The “Special Means of Collection”: The Missing Link in the Surprise of the Yom Kippur War.” Middle East Journal. Vol. 67, 4 (Automn 2013), 531-546.
- With Amr Yussef, “The Hidden Factors that Turned the Tide: Strategic Decision-Making and Operational Intelligence in the 1973 War.” The Journal of Strategic Studies, Vol.37, 4 (2014), 584-608.
- “A Question of Loyalty: Ashraf Marwan and Israel’s Intelligence Fiasco in the Yom Kippur War.” Intelligence and National Security,Vol. 30, 5 (2014),667-685.