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The Other Side of Deception: A Rogue Agent Exposes the Mossad's Secret Agenda Hardcover – November, 1994
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Alongside the author's previous "By Way of Deception." This book, also a best seller, contains a depressing and chilling expose of The Mossad, Israel's intelligence service.
Unlike any other 'true espionage account' you might have hitherto read it is, as the saying goes, impossible to put down. Absolutely riveting. Though by the end the question is not 'Who are the good guys?' It's more like ' Who in The Middle East is NOT completely insane ? '
Ostrovsky was a former colonel in the Israeli armed forces before he joined Mossad. No one contends that he was a field officer, well connected and in the know. He was fired after a fracas in Cyprus, in which he contends he was forced to take the fall for his incompetent superiors. This would never have happenned in the Israeli Defense Forces, not without a proper hearing. However The Mossad, as he never tires of telling us, is a law unto itself.
According to the author it has become a 'rival state' comprised of good ole boys answerable only to the Prime Minister--at least in theory. In fact, it answers to no one.
Dissatisfied intelligence officers who have been, rightly or wrongly, given the boot writing scathing memoirs is not news.
However if, say, a CIA operative turned 'liberal' upon termination of employment alleged ONE TENTH of what Ostrovsky alleges, the scandal that would follow dwarf Watergate and Iran/Contra combined.
Among a few:
* The Mossad regards anyone in Israel who believes in peace with the Palestinians, or withdrawal from the occupied territories as little better than a traitor.Read more ›
The fact that the book is rather convoluted reading actually give me a better feeling for Mr. Ostrovski and why he felt it important to blow the whistle. Calling this man a traitor would be wrong; he plainly loves Israel and is willing to do the right thing by it.
I strongly recommend this book to those who belive that no secret agency should be given absolute power. It's plain to see that it has corrupted the Mossad absolutely.
Clandestine operations are often founded upon the most bizarre set of circumstances and carried out by the unknowing dupes of seasoned field agents, otherwise known as assets. There is never a master plan, while there is always the goal of victory at any cost. The only thing that is definitely planned from the gitgo is deniability. The outcome of a given operation therefore ranges either from the consummately mundane to the totally absurd. The more ridiculous, the easier to deny.
Some succeed and some fail. Good funding and support for the long haul from the powers that be most often make the difference between a Bay of Pigs and the complete withdrawal the Soviet Armed Forces from Afghanistan, Central America and the collapse their system.
I submit that the detractors of Mr. Ostrovsky's works may have an agenda not unlike the object of study found in Ostrovky's books.
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Expose of the inner workings of Israel's Mossad and a small group of individuals' efforts to oust the Mossad's leadership. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Robert P. Younes
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Incredible eye opening book on the Middle East Mossad operations.
Well written, very interesting facts.
A must read
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Absolutely illuminating book on the working of an intelligence agency that is as effective as it is ruthless. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Tony Gonzalez