Mossad: The Great­est Mis­sions of the Israeli Secret Service

Michael Bar-Zohar and Nis­sim Mishal
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By – June 13, 2013

The Mossad: a sub­ject about which one can read hun­dreds of times and still nev­er tire, a sub­ject filled with excite­ment, dan­ger, intrigue, mur­der, assas­si­na­tion, lies, and com­plex webs — all done in defense of a nation. 

Through­out the State of Israel’s six­ty-five year his­to­ry, the Mossad has been work­ing behind the scenes and across the globe pro­tect­ing the coun­try. This new book details many of the most famous oper­a­tions of the Mossad. Many of these oper­a­tions have been pre­vi­ous­ly known, but only in out­line form. The details divulged here treat the read­er not just to the end results but to the nail bit­ing and intrigue of oper­a­tions as they unfold.

Sad­ly, the read­er is also treat­ed to the mishaps and colos­sal mis­takes of the Mossad. But in the capa­ble hands of Michael Bar-Zohar and Nis­sim Mishal, those mis­takes make the book even more exciting. 

When Mossad first appeared in Hebrew it was a huge suc­cess. Not only Israelis but world­wide, peo­ple con­sid­er the Israeli secret ser­vice as the best. These authors show us why. They tell the sto­ry of the push and pull from with­in the Prime Minister’s office and the polit­i­cal ech­e­lon to have the Mossad get the job done. They bring the read­er straight into the meet­ings and argu­ments as to whether to act or not to act, to move for­ward or to abort. 

It is impos­si­ble to describe the exploits of an agency as huge as the Mossad with­out also ana­lyz­ing the agency’s lead­ers and the per­son­al price those lead­ers pay for their lead­er­ship and the toll it takes on them. In Mossad, all of this is done with skill and sensitivity.

Mossad the book traces Mossad the agency through the six decades of Israel’s exis­tence. Read­ers can come to only one con­clu­sion: It is amaz­ing that this lit­tle coun­try did all this behind the scenes.

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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