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In 1977, Israel s Mossad spy agency was given an assignment far different from its usual cloak and dagger activities. It was ordered by then Prime Minister Menachem Begin to rescue thousands of Ethiopian Jewish refugees in Sudan and deliver them to me in the Jewish state. No stranger to action in enemy countries, the agency established a covert forward base in a deserted holiday village in Sudan, and deployed a handful of operatives to launch and oversee the exodus of the refugees to the Promised Land, by sea and...
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Mossad Exodus: The Daring Undercover Rescue of the Lost Jewish Tribe

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In 1977, Israel s Mossad spy agency was given an assignment far different from its usual cloak and dagger activities. It was ordered by then Prime Minister Menachem Begin to rescue thousands of Ethiopian Jewish refugees in Sudan and deliver them to me in the Jewish state. No stranger to action in enemy countries, the agency established a covert forward base in a deserted holiday village in Sudan, and deployed a handful of operatives to launch and oversee the exodus of the refugees to the Promised Land, by sea and by air, in the early 1980s. Gad Shimron, the author of this book, was one of their number. First published in Hebrew in 1998, this updated English version of the book offers a thrilling firsthand account of how the operation was put in place, and how the Mossad team in Sudan brought it off, despite great personal risk, running a partying vacation spot for wealthy tourists by day as they stole through the Sudanese desert to rescue desperate refugees by night. The book sheds light on American involvement in the latter stages of the operation, when the White House facilitated an airlift of Ethiopian Jews and the CIA station in Khartoum sheltered the last Mossad operatives, on the run from Libyan secret service agents, and spirited them out of Sudan in special boxes labeled Diplomatic Mail. Enhanced by Gad Shimron s wide-ranging historical observations and his crisp, incisive prose, this is at once an entertaining read and a powerful tale of idealistic heroism.
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Meir Amit
"I would like to thank you for your book. You merit a citation for this constructive deed. I hope the book will be widely distributed and will inspire us all."--(Meir Amit, former Director of the Mossad)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789652294036
  • Publisher: Gefen Publishing House
  • Publication date: 1/30/2007
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 859,818
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Mr. Shimron, 57 joined the Mossad during his student days in Jerusalem. Later he worked as a journalist for Kol Israel, the state-run radio, anchored Good Morning Israel on TV Channel 1 and is currently senior editor and defense commentator for the Tel Aviv-based Maariv daily. This is his seventh book. First published in Hebrew in 1998, this updated English version of the book offers a thrilling firsthand account of how the operation was put in place, and how the Mossad team in Sudan brought it off, despite great personal risk, running a partying vacation spot for wealthy tourists by day as they stole through the Sudanese desert to rescue desperate refugees by night. The book sheds light on American involvement in the latter stages of the operation, when the White House facilitated an airlift of Ethiopian Jews and the CIA station in Khartoum sheltered the last Mossad operatives, on the run from Libyan secret service agents, and spirited them out of Sudan in special boxes labeled Diplomatic Mail. Enhanced by Gad Shimron s wide-ranging historica observations and his crisp, incisive prose, this is at once an entertaining read and a powerful tale of idealistic heroism.
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  • Posted March 4, 2011

    Daring Rescues of Ethiopian Jews!

    This book is about the undercover rescue of hundreds of Ethiopian Jews from 1977 through 1991. Author Gad Shimron, a former Mossad agent, agrees to be hired as a consultant to join a small group of Mossad agents, including his friend Danny to rescue hundreds of Jews from Sudan. Shimron agrees to go to Sudan, a country not friendly to Israel at the time, and set up a fake tourist resort in Arous. He and three other agents will work there undercover to rescue as many Ethiopian Jews as possible and get them to Israel. In Sudan, Jews are being discriminated against and living in extreme poverty. In 1981, Prime Minister, Menachim Begin initiates a major effort to successfully aid the Beta YIsrael. During the next few years, hundreds of them will be rescued and brought to live in Israel. In the 1990's thousands of Ethiopian Jews will also be rescued by others than Shimron's group and they will be brought to Israel where they will settle. Shimron is a good writer and the story is made even more interesting because he relates all of the obstacles he encounters during the time of the rescues. In addition, the reader learns a great deal about how the Mossad operates and follows the endearing and funny exploits of these Israeli heroes. Shimron and his buddies have many adventures including diving expeditions, while actually creating a tourist resort in the middle of nowhere in the Sudan desert. Keep in mind, these men are willing to spend day after day in the very, very hot temperatures of Arous, Sudan. They are a small group of twenty and thirty year olds who worked in Sudan under difficult conditions, minimal phone contact, electricity that could not counted on to be available most of the time, and limited access to water with not much to do in the area. Of course, things improved as they built up the pretend tourist resort! I found the book the most interesting when Shimron is describing the actual rescue efforts. Each time I wondered if they would get caught and what the consequences would be. At one point, Shimron explains that the Ethiopian Jews are being rescued by a large aircraft and are scared to death since they've never seen an airplane before. One of the Ethiopians describes the scene and how he felt entering the large plane, "I felt like the prophet Jonah who was swallowed by the whale," he tells Shimron. After the rescue operations are over for Gad Shimron, he works at Maarev at the foreign news desk in Israel. Years later he takes a trip back to Ethiopia and tells the reader yet another interesting story about his exploits. This fascinating book is filled with many worthwhile stories of inspiration and heroism. Definitely worth reading and learning more about the positive side of human nature!

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