Former National Security Agency (NSA) Mideast analyst Bruce Brill knew days in advance of Syrian and Egyptian plans for the 1973 Yom Kippur invasion of Israel. Yet, General Eli Zeira, Israel’s Director of Military Intelligence, declared that Zeira’s American intelligence partners assured him that an attack by the Arabs was not imminent. What happened?
Bruce Brill will provide revelations on this question at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 30, at the Allen Public Library.
Bruce enlisted in the US Army in 1971. Trained as an Arabic interpreter, he was assigned to NSA in Fort Meade, Maryland. On the first day of the October 1973 Yom Kippur War, he had an epiphany: while he and his NSA colleagues knew of the planned Arab attack against Israel days in advance, he was astounded to learn the front-line Israeli soldiers were caught by total surprise.
General Eli Zeira was then head of Israeli Military Intelligence. In 2017, General Zeira confided in Bruce that this false assessment resulted in Israel suffering the loss of over 2,600 soldiers, most unnecessarily. General Dr. Yaakov Hisdai, an investigator of the post-Yom Kippur War Agranat Commission of Inquiry, asks, “How did this befall us? … To this very day we don’t have a clear answer.”
Bruce’s recently released book, “Deceit of an Ally,” finally offers answers to this question.
The program will be streamed live on the city of Allen’s ACTV at ACTV.org and youtube.com/AllenCityTV.
The library is at 300 N. Allen Drive. For more information, call 214-509-4911.