Yossi Melman

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Born in 1950 in Poland, Yossi Melman emigrated to Israel in 1957, served in an Israeli special forces unit, and graduated from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in international relations and history. One of Israel’s leading journalists, Melman is the security and intelligence commentator of Ha’aretz. In 1997 he was accepted by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Melman received the 2009 Sokolov Prize, Israel’s most prestigious journalism award, and was from 2007 to 2010 a panelist with the Washington Post.

Melman’s 10 books on foreign policy, strategic issues, terrorism and intelligence appeared in more than 50 countries and were translated into 15 languages. They include
Every Spy A Prince: The Complete History of Israel’s Intelligence Community, Spies Against Armageddon: Inside Israel’s Secret Wars, Friends in Need: Inside the American-Israeli Alliance (all three with Dan Raviv) and The Nuclear Sphinx of Teheran: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the State of Iran.

In 2016 he was a special consultant and protagonist in “
Zero Days,” a documentary on the secret cooperation between Israeli and American intelligence communities to destroy Iran’s nuclear centrifuges. In 2017 he created and wrote the script for “Inside the Mossad,” a four-part documentary on the history of the Mossad. In 2022 he wrote the script for “Munich: Of Games and Blood,” a documentary about the 50th anniversary of the terror attack on the Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

Melman was a Nieman Fellow in 1990 at Harvard and won the 1994 Simon Rockower Award for Excellence in Jewish Journalism and the 1995 Boris Smolar Award of Excellence in International News or Feature Reporting.

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