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The book that I read was “Mossad” by Michael Bar-Zohar and Nissim Mishal (and Ronen Bergman, uncredited) which describes a handful of the operations conducted by Israel’s foreign intelligence service, Mossad. While the events themselves are not in chronological order, the cases present an interesting look at Israel’s security concerns throughout history. One interesting case, which I’d heard about before, was an operation to steal a MiG-21 from the Iraqi air force. While I had heard about this operation before, the details of the cooperation between Israel and the west once the fighter jet was secured was new to me, and made me impressed that the Israelis could accomplish something that America couldn’t. Towards the end, the authors highlighted contemporary security concerns with Iran, which made me wonder exactly how much is going on right now that isn’t being reported in western media. Regardless, the book paints Israel’s foreign intelligence services as an intelligent, inventive, and competent group.

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Michael Ashery

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