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Bregman was born and raised in Israel. He served in the Israel Defense Forces and as an artillery officer participated in the 1978 Litani campaign and the 1982 Lebanon War. After the war he left the army to study international relations and political science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He also worked as a parliamentary assistant in the Knesset. After giving an interview in 1988 to the Haaretz newspaper declaring that he would refuse to serve as a military reservist in the Israeli-occupied territories, he left Israel and settled in England. There he joined the Department of War Studies, King's College London, and completed his PhD in 1994. Bregman is the writer of several books and articles on the Arab–Israeli conflict and Middle Eastern Affairs. Since 1994 he has been the Daily Telegraph writer of obituaries, covering the Jewish world and Israel. A senior teaching fellow at the Department of War Studies and a journalist, Bregman lives in London. He has three children.
The Marwan Affair
In 2002, Bregman claimed that the Egyptian Ashraf Marwan, the son-in-law of President Gamal Abdel Nasser, was a Mossad spy. According to Bregman, Marwan volunteered for the Mossad in 1970, but then proceeded to mislead the Israelis before the 1973 Yom Kippur war. Although Marwan insisted that Bregman's claim was "a stupid detective story", the two became friends and Marwan made Bregman a consultant on his memoirs. On 27 June 2007, the day Bregman and Marwan were due to meet up in central London, Marwan's body was discovered in a small rose garden, just under the balcony of his London flat. A police investigation failed to establish whether Marwan was pushed or jumped. In 2016, Bregman published a book titled The Spy who Fell to Earth, about his relationship with Marwan. In December 2017, Salon Pictures purchased the Rights to turn it into a feature documentary. "The Bregman collection", which includes papers and tapes related to the Marwan Affair is kept at the Liddell Hart Archives, King's College London.
A documentary about Ashraf Marwan and Bregman's work entitled The Spy Who Fell to Earth came out on Netflix in April 2019.
- The Spy Who Fell to Earth: My Relationship with the Secret Agent Who Rocked the Middle East
- Living and Working in Israel
- Israel's Wars: A History since 1947
- Israel and the Arabs: An Eyewitness Account of War and Peace in the Middle East
- The Fifty Years War: Israel and the Arabs (co-authored with Jihan El-Tahri, accompanying the below series)
- Israël et les Arabes: la guerre de cinquante ans (French)
- Israël en de Arabieren: De vijftigjarige oorlog (Dutch)
- اسرائيل والعرب : حرب الخمسين عاما (Arabic)
- 以色列史 (Chinese)
- Israel's Wars: 1947-93
- A History of Israel
- Elusive Peace: How the Holy Land Defeated America (accompanying the below series)
- Warfare in the Middle East since 1945 (editor)
- Cursed Victory: A History of Israel and the Occupied Territories
He was also an associate producer and academic consultant on two BBC television series:
- Israel and the Arabs: The Fifty Years War
- Israel and the Arabs: Elusive Peace
- "King's Collections: Archive Catalogues: BREGMAN, Ahron (b 1958)". Liddell Hart Military Archives. King's College London. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
- The Spy Who Fell to Earth, retrieved 2019-04-13
- Blood brothers: How to explain the toxic atmosphere in Israel and the occupied territories, economist.com.
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