Uri Sagi

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Uri Sagi
Uri Sagi.jpg
Born 1943 (age 74–75)
Kfar Bialik, Mandatory Palestine
Allegiance Israel Defense Forces
Years of service 1961–1995
Rank Aluf
Commands held Golani Brigade, 36th Division, Southern Command, GOC Army Headquarters, Military Intelligence Directorate, Commander GOC Army Headquarters
Battles/wars Six-Day War
War of Attrition
Yom Kippur War
Operation Entebbe
1982 Lebanon War
South Lebanon conflict
First Intifada
Other work Chairman of Mekorot

Uri Sagi (Hebrew: אורי שגיא‎; born 5 August 1943) is an Israeli retired general who held several prominent posts including commander of the Golani Brigade and chief of the IDF's Military Intelligence Directorate.

In 2000–2003 Uri Sagi was the CEO of Mekorot, Israel's national water company.[1][2][3]


Uri Sagi was born in Kiryat Bialik during the Mandate era, a seventh generation native of Palestine. He is married to Gilo and has three children. He had a fourth daughter born outside of marriage who died of leukemia at age 19.[4]

Military service[edit]

Sagi was drafted into the IDF in 1961 and did his military service in the Golani Brigade, of which he became commander in 1976-1977. He served in the Brigade as a soldier, a squad leader. In 1963 he became an infantry officer after completing Officer Candidate School and return to the Golani Brigade. In The Six Day War he served as a company commander in Golani Brigade's 51 battalion and fought in the Golan Heights. Afterwards he commanded Golani Brigade's Reconnaissance company during the War of Attrition. Sagi led Golani Brigade's 13 battalion and served as in the IDF's Operations Directorate during the Yom Kippur War. Sagi commanded the Golani Brigade and led a force of officers and soldiers from the brigade in Operation Entebbe.[5] Afterwards he commanded the 36th Division, the IDF's Southern Command, the GOC Army Headquarters. In 1991 he was appointed as the chief of the Israeli Military Intelligence Directorate. Sagi retired in 1995.[6]

The Spy Machine[edit]

In 1998 he appeared in the documentary special The Spy Machine, produced by Open Media and Israfilm and shown on Channel 4.