Israeli diplomat and military official, Uri Lubrani, Died at 91

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Uriel (Uri) Lubrani was born on October 7, 1926, in Haifa and died on March 5, 2018.

He was an Israeli diplomat and military official.

Uri was the only son of Aaron and Rose Lubrani.

Uri’s father was a veterinarian and a close friend of Hassan Bey Shukri.

Lubrani attended the Hebrew Reali School.

During 1944, Lubrani joined the Haganah and served in the Palmach.

Lubrani 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.

Lubrani returned with one such group to fight in the Israeli War of Independence, in which he served as an intelligence officer in the 7th Armored Brigade and Yiftach Brigade of the Israel Defense Forces.

After the war ended, he joined the Middle East Department of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, and in 1950 became secretary and bureau head for Foreign Minister Moshe Sharet.

Between 1953 and 1956, Lubrani studied at London University, and earned a BA.

During 1956, after returning to Israel, Lubrani was appointed Deputy Adviser on Arab Affairs for Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion.

While was there, Lubrani was dedicated to development in Arab villages and recruiting Druze into military service.

Then, he served as Bureau Manager and Secretary of Policy for Prime Minister Levi Eshkol.

During 1964, Lubrani joined the diplomatic corps of the Foreign Ministry and was appointed an ambassador to Uganda and non-resident ambassador to Burundi and Rwanda, serving until 1967.

From 1967 to 1971, Lubrani was ambassador to Ethiopia.

After he served as director of the state-owned Koor Industries Ltd. Bewteen 1973 and 1978, Uri Lubrani was head of the Israeli diplomatic mission in Iran, with the rank of ambassador.

From 1979 to 1983, Lubrani worked in the private sector.

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.

During September 1990, Lubrani was a coordinator in Ethiopia, assisting with Operation Solomon, the evacuation of Ethiopian Jews to Israel.

Lubrani was a member of the Israeli delegation in Geneva to negotiate a prisoner exchange with Hezbollah.

During 1992, he headed the Israeli delegation to Lebanon in the wake of the Madrid Conference in Washington, DC.

He continued to serve as a consultant to the Minister of Defense and coordinator for government operations in Lebanon.

After the Israeli withdrawal from southern Lebanon, Lubrani continued to serve as a consultant for the Ministry of Defense, then for the Ministry of Strategic Affairs.

He was a consultant until 2010.

In December 2017, he called for the “overthrow” of the Iranian regime to stop their nuclear program.

Uri Lubrani passed away at 91 years old.