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.
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.
Israelis and Palestinians probably won’t agree anytime soon on clear borders for a new state, leaving them to maintain current political arrangements for another generation, former Mossad Director Efraim Halevy said.
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.
Germany is seeking the extradition of an alleged Mossad agent, arrested in Poland last week on suspicion of participating in a plot to kill a senior Hamas official in Dubai, a spokesman for the Federal Prosecutor said.
The former head of Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency called the idea of an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities “the stupidest think I have ever heard,” Haaretz said, citing comments Meir Dagan made at a private conference at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on Friday.