Ze’ev Schiff

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Born in France, Ze’ev Schiff (1932-2007) moved to Mandatory Palestine with his family in 1935. After serving in the Israel Defense Forces as an intelligence officer, he studied Middle Eastern affairs and military history at Tel Aviv University and joined the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz in 1955, for which he would write for the next 50 years. His articles also appeared in the New York Times, Middle East Journal, Washington Post, National Interest, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs and Lebanon’s Daily Star. Schiff gained the confidence and respect of Israel’s top military leaders for his incisive analyses and reporting and became a household name in Israel.

He reported on military affairs in Vietnam, the Soviet Union, Cyprus and Ethiopia, and on the 1967 Six-Day war and Israel’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon. Schiff won many awards, including the Amos Lev Prize for military reporting, the Sara Reichenstein Prize for interviews, the Sokolov Journalism Prize in 1974 for his book October Earthquake: Yom Kippur 1973 and the Chaim herzog Prize in 2003 for special contributions to the State of Israel. His other books include Israel’s Lebanon War and Intifada, both with Ehud Ya’ari, and A History of the Israeli Army: 1874 to the Present.

He became a senior associate of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in 1984, and was a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and a member of the board of the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv. He was chairman of the Military Writers Association, trustee of Britain’s International Institute of Strategic Studies and Brochstein Fellow at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston, Texas.

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