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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 315 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins; 1st edition (November 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060176350
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060176358
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #646,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Victor Ostrovsky was born in Canada and raised in Israel. At eighteen he became the youngest officer in the Israeli military at the time, eventually rising to the rank of lieutenant commander in charge of naval weapons testing. He was a Mossad case officer from 1982-1986. Victor Currently lives in Scottsdale Arizona where he writes and paints and has an art gallery Ostrovsky Fine Art in old town Scottsdale. www.OstrovskyFineArt.com

Customer Reviews

This is another good insider account by Victor Ostrovsky.
J. Adams
This book is one of few written about the Mossad and once you read about their policies, you'll understand why!
Jordan R
They take very big risk, mostly those who had leave a secret organism.
franchimont

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70 of 76 people found the following review helpful By the wizard of uz on April 23, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Without becoming one, that is.
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.
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61 of 67 people found the following review helpful By W. ADAM MANDELBAUM on August 27, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Ostrovsky is not just another short term intel employee who was bounced, bitter, and then became a book author. For anybody who has served in intelligence, it rings true. It's a dirty business, whether HQ is in Virginia or Tel Aviv. It has to be. The few detractors in the amazon reviews of Ostrovsky's book just plain don't know. Having written an espionage expose myself, and having been eviscerated by some readers who barely can read, I'm not surprised by the negative reviews, but by how few there are. Read The Other Side of Deception, not just for an inside view of the Mossad, but for a parallel to what's going on now in America and it's intelligence services.
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59 of 66 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 30, 2004
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For a thinking person, the revelations in this book should spawn probing questions about the Mossad's part in geopolitics from pre-9-11 to 2004. Ostrovsky outlines how the Mossad, unlike any other secret intelligence service in the world, uses the vast Diaspora as "assets" to do their bidding. It is organized so that the Diaspora (over 50,000 strong) become temporary Mossad agents on an as-needed basis.
This structure accomplishes two things:
(1) By playing on the 'help the homeland' aspect of requesting help for Israel from the Diaspora through whatever the 'asset's' position or job skill can produce, it naturally compartmentalizes the significance of a job, and reduces costs. The Mossad has only 1200 agents worldwide, but calls on the considerable PR skills of the B'nai B'rith, JDL, and ADL to advance its aims on an as-needed basis. Ostrovsky shows in event after event how this is by design.
(2) The Mossad can get away with meddling in the politics of foreign countries by labeling as "anti-semitic" any objection to its methods; or similarly, by labeling as "anti-semitic" any objections if its gets caught. Again, Ostrovsky shows in example after example how this is by design.
The recent 2004 scandal in New Zealand is a case in point. This involved Mossad agents caught stealing New Zealand passports from paraplegics. Or the more disturbing US-based AP reports from Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida in the last five weeks in which Israeli agents were caught near nuclear sub and fuel stations, or trying to enter federal installations. The only reporter willing to follow up these stories is Daniel Hopsicker, a respected journalist, of online MadCowProd News.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 16, 2002
Format: Hardcover
If what the author writes is true, then I grieve for the State of Israel. Mr. Ostrovsky's writings gives a chilling insight into an agency that is acting more like Hitler's Gestapo and Honacher's Stasi than what it is supposed to be: a protector of all of the people of Israel.
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.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 27, 2004
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This is an excellent book, probably one of the best ones I have ever read. In my opinion it says the real story about israeli intelligence, how they think, how they act, and how dirty they play with everybody, even with people who have helped them. You MUST read this book.
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