Uri Lubrani

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Uri Lubrani
Uri Lubrani June 2013 (cropped).jpg
Lubrani in June 2013
Uriel Lubrani

(1926-10-07)October 7, 1926
DiedMarch 5, 2018(2018-03-05) (aged 91)
Tel Aviv, Israel
Alma materHebrew Reali School
OccupationDiplomat, military official
Years active1950–2018

Uriel Lubrani (Hebrew: אורי לוברני‎; October 7, 1926 – March 5, 2018) was an Israeli diplomat and military official. In 1964, he joined the diplomatic corps of the Foreign Ministry, and was appointed ambassador to Uganda and non-resident ambassador to Burundi and Rwanda, serving until 1967. From 1967 to 1971, he was ambassador to Ethiopia.

From 1973 to 1978, he was head of the Israeli diplomatic mission in Iran, with the rank of ambassador.


Uri Lubrani was born in Haifa.[1] He was the only son of Aaron and Rose Lubrani.[1] He attended the Hebrew Reali School.[2]

In 1944, he joined the Haganah,[2] and served in the Palmach.[3] He assisted in Aliyah Bet operations to smuggle illegal Jewish immigrants into Palestine, and in 1946, was sent to southern France to command a Haganah training camp for volunteers from English-speaking countries willing to fight for the Jewish cause.[2] He returned with one such group to fight in the Israeli War of Independence,[1] in which he served as an intelligence officer in the 7th Armored Brigade and Yiftach Brigade of the Israel Defense Forces.[1] Lubrani died on March 5, 2018 from natural causes in Tel Aviv at the age of 91.[4][5]

Diplomatic career[edit]

After the war ended, Lubrani joined the Middle East Department of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, and in 1950 became secretary and bureau head for Foreign Minister Moshe Sharet.[1] Between 1953 and 1956, he studied at London University, and earned a BA.[5] After returning to Israel in 1956, he was appointed Deputy Adviser on Arab Affairs for Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion.[2] In this role, he was dedicated to development in Arab villages and recruiting Druze into military service.[1] He then served as Bureau Manager and Secretary of Policy for Prime Minister Levi Eshkol.[6]

In 1964, he joined the diplomatic corps of the Foreign Ministry, and was appointed ambassador to Uganda and non-resident ambassador to Burundi and Rwanda, serving until 1967.[1][2] From 1967 to 1971, he was ambassador to Ethiopia.[7] He then served as director of the state-owned Koor Industries Ltd..[5] From 1973 to 1978, he was head of the Israeli diplomatic mission in Iran, with the rank of ambassador.[8]

From 1979 to 1983, he worked in the private sector.[5] In 1983, during the Israeli occupation of southern Lebanon after the 1982 Lebanon War, Lubrani was the governor (coordinator) of the activities of Israeli forces in Lebanon.[9]

In September 1990, Lubrani was a coordinator in Ethiopia, assisting with Operation Solomon, the evacuation of Ethiopian Jews to Israel.[10] He was a member of the Israeli delegation in Geneva to negotiate a prisoner exchange with Hezbollah.[11] In 1992, headed the Israeli delegation to Lebanon in the wake of the Madrid Conference in Washington, DC.[12]

Lubrani continued to serve as a consultant to the Minister of Defense and coordinator for government operations in Lebanon.[5] After the Israeli withdrawal from southern Lebanon, he continued to serve as a consultant for the Ministry of Defense, then for the Ministry of Strategic Affairs.[5] He was a consultant until 2010.[1] In December 2017, Lubrani called for the "overthrow" of the Iranian regime to stop their nuclear program.[13]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Uri Lubrani" (PDF). University of Haifa. 27 May 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e Parsi, Trita (2007). Treacherous alliance: the secret dealings of Israel, Iran, and the United States. Yale University Press. p. 50. ISBN 978-0-300-12057-8.
  3. ^ http://info.palmach.org.il/show_item.asp?levelId=38495&itemId=6316&itemType=0&fighter=75830
  4. ^ "Умер советник министров обороны Ури Лубрани" (in Russian). 5 March 2018. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d e f "URI LUBRANI, SOLDIER, DIPLOMAT, PRISONER-EXCHANGE NEGOTIATOR, DEAD AT 91". Jerusalem Post. March 5, 2018. Retrieved March 5, 2018.
  6. ^ Kollek, Teddy (2008). Itamar Rabinovich, ed. Israel in the Middle East: documents and readings on society, politics, and foreign relations, pre-1948 to the present. UPNE. p. 175. ISBN 978-0-87451-962-4.
  7. ^ Alexander, Zvi (2004). Oil: Israel's covert efforts to secure oil supplies. Gefen Publishing House. p. 73. ISBN 978-965-229-317-6.
  8. ^ Milani, Abbas (2000). The Persian sphinx: Amir Abbas Hoveyda and the riddle of the Iranian Revolution : a biography. I.B. Tauris. p. 302. ISBN 978-1-85043-328-6.
  9. ^ Sherry, Virginia N. (1999). Persona non grata: the expulsion of Lebanese civilians from Israeli-occupied Lebanon. Human Rights Watch. pp. 33–34. ISBN 978-1-56432-237-1.
  10. ^ Arbel, Andrea S. (2001). Riding the wave: the Jewish Agency's role in the mass aliyah of Soviet and Ethiopian Jewry to Israel, 1987-1995. Gefen Publishing House. p. 142. ISBN 978-965-229-268-1.
  11. ^ Pérez de Cuéllar, Javier (1997). Pilgrimage for peace: a Secretary-General's memoir. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 114. ISBN 978-0-312-16486-7.
  12. ^ Massalha, Omar (1994). Towards the long-promised peace. Saqi Books. p. 60. ISBN 978-0-86356-065-1.
  13. ^ Katz, Yaakov (December 29, 2017). "EICHMANN MOSSAD CAPTURER: ONLY WAY TO STOP IRAN IS TO OVERTHROW REGIME". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved December 30, 2017.