Kill Khalid: The Failed Mossad Assas­si­na­tion of Khalid Mishal and the Rise of Hamas

Paul McGeough
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By – August 26, 2011
In Sep­tem­ber, 1997, Israeli intel­li­gence oper­a­tives pos­ing as Cana­di­an tourists unsuc­cess­ful­ly tried to assas­si­nate Khalid Mishal, the leader of Hamas. This account of the inci­dent and the result­ing fall­out by award-win­ing for­eign cor­re­spon­dent Paul McGeough reads like a John Le Car­ré thriller, but it is seri­ous report­ing that brings to light the short­com­ings of all the involved par­ties. Hamas, the Israeli gov­ern­ment, the Unit­ed States, and oth­er Pales­tin­ian fac­tions are all guilty of cor­rup­tion and atroc­i­ties that make peace a dim pos­si­bil­i­ty. Any­one inter­est­ed in cur­rent Mid­dle East­ern pol­i­tics will learn a great deal from McGeough’s thor­ough treat­ment of this shame­ful episode in world affairs.
Mic­ah D. Halpern is a colum­nist and a social and polit­i­cal com­men­ta­tor. He is the author of What You Need To Know About: Ter­ror, and main­tains The Mic­ah Report at www​.mic​ah​halpern​.com.

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