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Mossad: Israel's Most Secret Service

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No intelligence service is surrounded by more myth and mystery than Israel's Mossad.

Hailed by the CIA as ‘the best in the world’, it is held in awe by its friends and feared by its foes.

It can boast the most devoted, patriotic agents in the world.

It was Mossad who pulled off the spectacular rescue of Israeli hostages from Entebbe and Mossad agents who pinpointed the tar
Published August 8th 1991 by Corgi (first published 1990)
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Anil Swarup
Feb 22, 2016 Anil Swarup rated it really liked it
"Mossad is an institution not over-burdened with anxiety about Arabs murdering Arabs.......... The main concern was to keep their operation secure and private while they searched for further game among Palestinians connected with terrorism, either as enemies or as friends". This is an apt description about what the famous/infamous (depending upon which side of the fence you stand) Mossad is all about. The book reveals a lot about Mossad, their mode of operation, their sinister plots, and their ...more
Oct 04, 2015 Sambasivan rated it really liked it
Though written twenty years back, this book still has relevance in today's terror stricken world. Mossad as an organisation has singularly focused on fighting terrorism though by clandestine means.

The various diplomatic incidents (be it with the US or the UK) have been covered in a fairly detailed fashion giving one a visual account of each of the projects.

There has been considerable research and the slant of the narrative seems to suggest that Mossad as an organisation has started to lose its
James Rye
Having got to chapter 12, I gave up. I just didn't find it compelling reading. The author can recount facts but seemed to struggle to tell an engaging story.

Two factors in particular left me disinterested and frustrated. First, there is considerable emphasis on the politics of the service and the internecine warfare. I'm sure the politics are important and necessary for some, but I wanted to learn about the operations, not the leaders. Secondly, where there is opportunity to talk in detail about
Karunakaran N.
Mossad: Israel's Most Secret Service by Ronald Payne... An account of the Mossad from the Creation of Israel to the end 80's... Fight against terrorism had been the sole objective of this intelligence service, in the process being a terrorist outfit. Has the Mossad lost its charm? With the events happening at present, newer outfits have emerged like the AQI, ISI, ISIS, IS, the role of Mossad is to be seen on the ploy to eradicate the terror outfits. Though the book has been written 25 years back ...more
A good book to read

Very detailed analysis of origin,development and growth of a secret service created in a new nation state created based only on religion. The style of writing is not racy and very often plays down the melodrama of the events described to emphasize the author's objectivity. A person who follows international politics and the contemporary events only can relate to this book. A bit scholarly book I would say.
Myron Jacobowitz

Tries to cover to great a subject. As a result has limited substance. Somewhat boring. Also is out of date.
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“In addition, the long shadow of the Holocaust in which 6 million Jews perished — going, as the younger generation in Israel is constantly reminded, ‘like lambs to the slaughter’ — touches every family in the new homeland. Pride in being Jewish and determination to prove that never again will they let their defences down has its effect upon everybody in the service, from the youngest recruit to the most experienced veteran. For such reasons, the men and women of the Israeli intelligence community are more dedicated than their equally patriotic colleagues who work in the same line of business in other countries on behalf of the CIA, KGB or MI6. The” 0 likes
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