In a country of hard men, Meir Dagan, the recently retired head of the Mossad, Israel’s foreign intelligence service, is one of the hardest. He is the Siberian-born son of Holocaust survivors, an ex- commando who has arranged the assassinations of many of Israel’s enemies.
A Jewish boy in the northeastern U.S., I was raised on tales of the brilliant exploits of the Israeli intelligence agencies. So whenever Jonathan Pollard returns to the headlines -- as he has with President Barack Obama’s visit to Israel -- I can still remember my horror when he was arrested for passing secrets along to Israel in 1985. The teenage me could hardly believe that the Mossad might steal my own country’s secrets as well as Syria’s battle plans.
Israel sent more than “a few” forces into the West Bank area of Hebron today as a search for three Israeli teenagers last seen June 12 entered its second day, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said in broadcast remarks.
Polish prosecutors plan to ask a court in Warsaw to hand over to Germany a man detained on the weekend on suspicion of participating in a plot to kill a senior Hamas official in Dubai, DPA reported, citing a prosecutor spokesman.