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Spies Against Armageddon: Inside Israel's Secret Wars Paperback – July 9, 2012
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Best-selling spy novelist Daniel Silva writes: "Buyer beware: Once you crack the cover of Spies Against Armageddon, you won't be able to put it down. It is much more than simply the most authoritative book ever written about Israeli intelligence. It is storytelling and drama of the highest order." --Advance Praise
R. James Woolsey, former Director of Central Intelligence, writes: Raviv and Melman have redefined the gold standard for nonfiction about intelligence. This remarkable history of Israeli intelligence from the War of Independence to Stuxnet calls it straight. By describing the roots of both the triumphs and the screw-ups thoroughly and fairly the authors help us see not only how Israel's survival has been effectively protected but the huge debt the rest of us owe. --Advance Praise
Wolf Blitzer, the CNN anchor, writes: "These two world-class journalists take us to places we've never been before. They back up their points with tons of excellent research and reporting. They clearly know their stuff. I learned so much reading this book. I know you will, as well." --Advance Praise --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Dan Raviv is a CBS News correspondent based in Washington; who has spent half his career focusing on the Middle East and other foreign news. Yossi Melman is an award-winning Israeli reporter. Together they authored the best seller Every Spy a Prince (1990), as well as Friends In Deed: Inside the U.S.-Israel Alliance (1994). Their latest book, Spies Against Armageddon: Inside Israel's Secret Wars, is available in trade paperback and in e-book formats.
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the most used and effective tactics was the injection of viruses into the Iranian computor network. The stuxnet virus has been especially effective and deadly. Israeli agents have used magnetic
bombs that attach to cardoors and explode thus killing nuclear scientists. The very first director of Israeli intelligence was Isser Harel. He was placed in this position by Prime Minister David
ben Gurion. The intelligence agencies were divided into Aman,Shin Bet, and Mossad.One of their most impressive projects was capturing Nazi war criminal Adolph Eichmann. He was in charge of the
Final Solution. Under his leadership 6 million Jews were put to death. The Israelis managed to track him down and pinpoint him as living in Argentina. He was effectively kidnapped and flown to Israel and put on trial. He was found guilty and hung. Another project that bears mentioning is Operation Damodes. President Nasser of Egypt had hired former Nazi scientists to build rockets. The Israelis sentn those scientists letter bombs.Another threat stopped. One more experience was the Israeli assassination of Imad Mughniyeh of Hezbollah. He was the premiere terrorist figure in the world until Osama bin-Laden. He had been responsible for truck bombing the Marine barracks in Lebanon resulting in 200 deaths. He had committed acts of terror against the Israelis for a
long time. He was killed in a bombing in Damascus courtesy of Israel. You also have good descriptions of the Entebbe raid and the avenging of the Munich olympic massacare. After reading this book
you will have a better knowledge of the Israeli intellignce service.
There was a large amount of pre-1970s information covered that I didn't know about, particularly the subversion of US political, technical and academic contacts in the effort to acquire nuclear material and knowhow, an effort driven, largely, by Mr. Peres, the current President of Israel. It makes the reliance on the US to destroy the Iranian nuclear program all the more breath-taking - I know Israeli's say they will do it themselves, but the equipment they would use would be US manufactured. While we know a little bit about the actions of Mossad against foreign enemies of Israel, I was struck by the amount of detail on Shin Bet, its use of torture, blackmail and locally-based Palestinian informers.
One new piece of information I learned was that the Syrian nuclear program - stopped by Israeli bombing in 2007 - was done without the influence of Iran. I had assumed that Iran and Syria were allies, however it seems it was a cold-alliance, and that Syria wanted to develop nuclear arms with North Korea, independent of Iran. This puts a perspective on the current Syrian Civil War, if the Assad regime survives with the aid of Iran (and Hezbullah), then it will become more dependent on those forces than before, which presumably means it will become more actively aggressive against Israel than before.
So, in the end, we are brought up against the limits of aggressive covert action - the book reveals that Mossad/Shin Bet, now regrets assassinating a former Hezbullah leader, because his replacement (the current leader) is so much more effective. A policy of deterrence works if your enemies are deterred, a policy of continuous revenge is a cul-de-sac. Prior to the peace treaty with Egypt, Israel spent about 30% of its GDP on defence, this halved after the treaty. Will it have to be increased again if Egypt gets more aggressive? Israel needs to develop peace with its neighbours, it should commit more resources to finding out how to do this. It (still) has the backing of the US, and a large body of western opinion is broadly sympathetic. But the US is finding that its covert actions against Al-Queda are leading it into a cul-de-sac of its own (neglect of the China threat, politically damaging drone strikes and indefinite detention), which may eventually, make the US public question their support of an endlessly belligerent Israel.
I did say I was sympathetic to Israel's position, but somebody needs to lead it out of the desert (I meant to say cul-de-sac)