The Mossad: Six Landmark Missions of the Israeli Intelligence Agency, 1960-1990

The Mossad: Six Landmark Missions of the Israeli Intelligence Agency, 1960-1990

by Marc E. Vargo


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This book describes the clandestine missions that were defining moments in the evolution of the Mossad, including its pursuit of the Black September terrorists who murdered Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympic Games, its acquisition on the high seas of yellowcake uranium for Israel's undeclared nuclear weapons program, and its role in bringing to justice Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann. The agency's more questionable deeds are also covered, among them the assassination of civilian scientists associated with Iraq's nuclear energy program and the abduction of Israeli citizen Mordechai Vanunu, who, like Edward Snowden, has been variously depicted as a principled whistleblower and an unscrupulous traitor. Taken together, the missions discussed in this volume illustrate the Mossad's character, creativity and courage, while acknowledging the problematical moral dimensions of its operations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786479146
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 12/31/2014
Pages: 308
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Marc E. Vargo is the author of eight nonfiction books and numerous articles in professional journals. He lives on New Orleans’ Northshore.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part 1 Operation Eichmann 9

1 Adolf Eichmann: The Man, the Manhunt 11

2 Mission: Operation Eichmann 26

3 Trial and Tribulations 60

Part 2 Operation Wrath of God 69

4 The Arab-Israeli Conflict and the Black September Organization 71

5 Massacre at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games 91

6 Mission: Operation Wrath of God 116

Part 3 Operation Entebbe 151

7 The Emergence of Skyjacking as a Tool of Palestinian Terrorism 152

8 Mission: Operation Entebbe 161

Part 4 Operation Opera 187

9 Saddam Hussein and the Nuclear Program of Iraq 189

10 Mission: Operation Opera 196

Part 5 Operation Plumbat and the Vanunu Affair 223

11 Israel's Secret Nuclear Weapons Program 225

12 The Quest for Uranium: Operation Plumbat and NUMEC Affair 233

13 Mordecfiai Vanunu: The Seduction of a Nuclear Whistle blower 246

Chapter Notes 275

Bibliography 285

Index 295

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