Chapter Fifteen - A Honey Trap for the Atom Spy Photo Section Chapter As history unfolds, the Mossad's tasks wUlbecome riskier but also more vital to the West. A young man who identified himself as Gideon handed him an Israeli pas. GIDEON'S SPIES. Acknowledgments. ISRAEL. Meir Amit. Juval Aviv to a college campus than dealing with manual workers, suggesting Kimche was. THE FIFTH EDITION OF THE COMPELLING AND CONTROVERSIAL HISTORY OF ISRaeL'S SECRET INTELLIGENCE AGENCY In the secret world of spies.
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Editorial Reviews. musicmarkup.info Review. The Mossad was formed in to coordinate the intelligence-gathering efforts of the still-young nation of Israel. In the. Read "Gideon's Spies The Secret History of the Mossad" by Gordon Thomas available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first download. Spy the Lie: Former CIA Officers Teach You How To Detect Deception, Gideon's Spies: The Secret History of the Mossad, Second Edition, by Gordon Thomas.
In the secret world of spies and covert operations, no other intelligence service continues to be surrounded by myth and mystery, or commands respect and fear like Israel's Mossad. Formed in to ensure an embattled Israel's future, the Mossad has been responsible for the most audacious and thrilling feats of espionage, counterterrorism, and assassination ever ventured. Gideon's Spies draws from classified documents, confidential sources, and closed-door interviews with Mossad agents, informants, and spymasters to reveal the organization's deepest secrets. Revised and updated for , this new edition includes the story of how Mossad assassinated the Hamas terror commander in Dubai in , a look inside the modern Mossad training school, the departure of long-serving Mossad chief Meir Dagan and appointment of Tamir Pardo, Mossad's failure to provide the intelligence for the infamous Gaza flotilla raid, and the unresolved murder of a Mossad spy in London. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
The book contains raging inconsistencies. In one place, we are told Charles de Gaulle stopped all arms shipments to Israel in ; elsewhere, the same event is recorded as having taken place in Ignorance is never far from the surface.
Thomas refers, for example, to "a tribesman of the Sarami, the oldest of the Islamic Sufi sects," but Sufi orders are not sects, and the Sarami order, far from being the oldest, does not even exist. If we are to believe Thomas, whirling dervishes come from Africa not Turkey , the Pope today is an "absolute ruler," and the CIA has "hundreds of thousands" of employees. Other statements simply boggle the mind, as when Thomas confidently asserts that the head of the Mossad paid informers "a bonus of one U.
The idea that there may have been a Middle Eastern connection to this tragedy - an idea picked up by "thousands of media stories" - was, Thomas asserts, a product of Israeli disinformation.
He quotes James Kallstrom, the FBI agent in charge of the investigation, who allegedly told his colleagues in private: "If there was any way of nailing those bastards in Tel Aviv. We had to check every item they slipped into the media.
In fact, he told me, the Israelis were "extremely helpful" in the investigation. When it is not indulging in "total nonsense" of this kind, Gideon's Spies offers an unexceptionable if banal and derivative account of well- known Mossad undertakings, including the placement of Eli Cohen in Damascus in the late 's and the rescue of hostages at Entebbe. But even here, Thomas inexplicably omits some of the organization's truly great feats - notably, its success in securing a copy of Nikita Khrushchev's secret party speech in repudiating Stalin.
In brief, what is reliable in this book is old-hat, while what is new is utterly unreliable, a mishmash of blather and fantasy. Yet Gideon's Spies is also a dangerous book, and one that is likely to have a continuing impact.
For one thing, Thomas is hardly the first to tread this particular path. Not only does Gideon's Spies take its place within a well-established genre, it recycles a number of equally well-entrenched ideas. Thus, Thomas interweaves a tale about Israeli arms-sales to Iran with the thesis of an "October Surprise" involving the incoming Reagan administration in , a canard that has been proved false by no fewer than two congressional panels and a roster of journalists.
And he rehashes other old myths as well - that Israeli intelligence staged the attempted bombing of an El Al airliner in it was in fact the work of Syria , or that a "rogue CIA group" carried out the Pan Am bombing two years later.
But if in essential respects Gideon's Spies resembles its predecessors, making basically the same case for the proposition that the Mossad is an octopus whose tentacles reach into all the world's power centers, it also makes that case more effectively. For Thomas, a credentialed journalist, advances his arguments not in the form of a crabbed, hate-filled diatribe issued by a fringe publisher but in what is, on the whole, a jaunty, well-written, and handsomely produced book bearing the imprint of a reputable house.
In contrast to the others, moreover, Thomas does not seem to hold any obvious grudge against the Mossad, an intelligence service he dubs "more formidable than any other in the world. What the surface reasonableness of Gideon's Spies serves to mask, however, is the extent to which Thomas, exactly like every other conspiracy theorist, seeks to persuade us that political realities are the opposite of what we know to be the truth for instance, that Israel's Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir was a "virulent" anti-American who would "do anything" to reduce Washington's influence in the world.
In this crucial sense, Gideon's Spies fits not only into the recent genre of books about the Mossad but into a vast, two-century-old literature promoting the idea of a Jewish conspiracy to take over the world.
Pseudo-factual writings of this sort may look risible, but they are not. You already recently rated this item.
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Revised and updated for , this new edition includes the story of how Mossad assassinated the Hamas terror commander in Dubai in , a look inside the modern Mossad training school, the departure of long-serving Mossad chief Meir Dagan and appointment of Tamir Pardo, Mossad's failure to provide the intelligence for the infamous Gaza flotilla raid, and the unresolved murder of a Mossad spy in London. Read more Show all links.
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