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.micahhalpern.com.