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Barbara SlavinAn update of previous works by the authors, this very readable account depicts Israeli intelligence triumphs and fiascoes.
Many of the successes are well known: obtaining a copy of Nikita Khrushchev’s secret speech denouncing Stalin in 1956, kidnapping the Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in Argentina in 1960 and destroying a Syrian nuclear reactor under construction in 2007. Among the fiascoes that readers may not be familiar with: killing a Moroccan waiter in Norway in 1973 after mistaking him for a Palestinian terrorist and failing to heed the warnings of a top Egyptian spy — who happened to be Gamel Abdel Nasser’s son-in-law — that Arab armies were about to launch the 1973 Yom Kippur war.
One strength of the book is that the authors do not use euphemisms. The Mossad had a “kill list” long before US President Barack Obama and has stolen military technology from the United States that Israel could not obtain by other means, they say.
—Barbara Slavin (at Al-Monitor.com)