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Sylvia Rafael: The Life and Death of a Mossad Spy (Foreign Military Studies) Hardcover – August 15, 2014
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"It is a gripping spy thriller, and it is also a revealing portrait of a woman who made painful personal sacrifices in order to serve Zionism and her adopted country of Israel."―The Times of Israel
"[A] compelling account of the inner life of a woman who spent so much of her training in the shadows."―Chicago Tribune
About the Author
Moti Kfir held a number of senior positions in the Special Operations Unit of Mossad, including Director of the School for Special Operations. He was awarded a doctorate in history by the Paris Sorbonne.
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Following college graduation, she distanced herself from her family when she moved to Israel and became a teacher. She was recruited by the Mossad in her mid-twenties and became an agent or "combatant," the term preferred by the authors for a period of more than ten years. The authors explain some aspects of the the training she received as an agent and reveal some of the missions she was a part of. However, I am left with the distinct impression that the authors held back nearly as much as they reveal, most likely for security reasons or perhaps, because some of the missions she was a part of were blatantly illegal, politically sensitive or morally unpalatable.
Following a disastrous screw-up of a mission in Norway, the purpose of which was to assassinate the leader of the Black September movement and where instead, an innocent Moroccan is mis-identified and brazenly killed by Mossad agents on a public street, Rafael was tracked down and arrested. She was convicted and imprisoned for a period of time. However, the Norwegian government treated her with deference and a light touch. Her sentence in a minimum-security facililty was quietly commuted long before its mandate.
Rafael burned herself out with this last, failed mission and chose to leave Mossad service. The remaining years of her life are improbable and unexpected so I won't give it away. I have little doubt that she may have served the State of Israel in some capacity as a trainer or speaker but she no longer participated on missions.
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This is a wonderful non fiction story. Loved it. Also, gave a friend a copy and he loved it as well.Published 18 days ago by Richard Reece
Very interesting perspective not only from a Mossad agent, but moreover, from a female point of view.Published 2 months ago by Motty Klainbaum
The theme of this book: Kill an Israeli and prepare to die."
The American theme: "Kill an American and prepare to hire a lawyer. Read more