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Hezbollah Tries ‘Mossad Spy’ in Top Ranks

Friday, December 19th, 2014

An alleged Israeli spy reached the top ranks of Hezbollah, and allegedly used his power within the group to thwart attacks on Israel.

Hezbollah has put the alleged spy, Mohammed Shorbah, on trial. Shorbah was in Hezbollah’s “910” unit, which plans terrorist operations overseas. At one point he was in charge of security for Hezbollah head Hassan Nasrallah.

Suspicions were raised following Hezbollah’s attack on Israelis in Burgas, Bulgaria. Bulgarian authorities quickly blamed the Lebanon-based terrorist group for the deadly attack, leading the group to suspect that an insider had leaked information.

Hezbollah leaders now say Shorbah leaked information on the attack. Shorbah apparently used his role not to attack Israelis overseas, but rather, to defend them, thwarting multiple attacks between 2008 and 2012.

He is also accused of having helped Israel to assassinate Hezbollah leaders.

According to Arab media, Shorbah hails from southern Lebanon and grew up in a pro-Hezbollah family. He allegedly received over $1 million for working for the Mossad.

Pollard Turned Down Escape Plan, Says His Mossad Contact

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

An escape plan was put in place for Jonathan Pollard after he was convicted for turning over secret Pentagon documents to Israel, but he circumvented it and sought asylum at Israel’s embassy in Washington, his former Mossad handler said.

“I got the call that he is waiting at the entrance of the embassy … and I immediately said ‘throw him out.’ I don’t regret it,” former Mossad handler Rafi Eitan said. “The minute the man decided to come to the embassy …. he decided for himself that he is going to prison.”

Eitan, 88, for the first time gave details of his work with Pollard, a former U.S. Navy analyst who was sentenced to life in prison in the United States in 1987, during an interview on the Israel Channel 2 news magazine “Uvda,” which means Fact.

It seems that the longer Pollard stays in jail, too many people are telling too many tales to get off the hook, and it is questionable if we ever will know all the truth.

Eitan said he believed that if Israel had given Pollard asylum, it would have even more severely damaged its relations with the United States.

Eitan said during the interview that he was not a rogue agent, as he has frequently been depicted, but that both prime ministers Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres were aware of his work with Pollard. He said he took responsibility for the Pollard debacle in order to allow the Israel-U.S. relationship to move forward.

It was recently reported that Pollard was turned down in August for his first parole request. Though he has been eligible to apply for parole for the last 19 years he reportedly has refrained from doing so because he is seeking a presidential commutation, which would release him unconditionally.

The parole commission said it would review Pollard’s case again next year.

Facelift for Mossad Intelligence Agency Website

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

The Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations (Israel’s Mossad international intelligence agency) has launched a new website to recruit new candidates.

The agency is looking for potentially qualified people to fill positions it does not usually publicize, including intelligence, cyber technology and other spots within the agency.

Both men and women are encouraged to apply for various roles. Mossad director Tamir Pardo said following the launch of the site, “We must continue to recruit the highest quality people so that the Mossad might continue to lead, defend and allow for the continued existence of the State of Israel. The Mossad’s qualitative human capital is the secret of our success. The Mossad will continue to operate wherever and whenever necessary in order to defend the security of the State of Israel.”

 

 

Mossad’s Legendary Mike Harari Passes Away (87)

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Mike Harari, a legendary officer Mossad agent, passed away on Sunday in his Tel Aviv home, at age 87.

While the activities of Mossad agents are secret, Harari is known for his involvement in Operation Thunderbolt, the 1976 operation that rescued Israeli hostages from the Entebbe International Airport.

Harari visited the airport in secret to reconnoiter it before the IDF forces got there. He also arranged for the refueling at Kenyan air bases for the trip back to Israel.

But Harari is most famous for leading Golda Meir’s Mossad task force to kill all the Munich terrorists.

Harari’s secret career began before the state was born, helping facilitate Jewish immigration into the Land of Israel.

Last week, on September 15, Yitzchak Hofi, a former head of the Mossad who also worked with Harari, died at age 87.

The end of an era.

Security Agencies Believe Israel’s Biometric Database Not Secure

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Mossad, Shabak, and certain IDF officers have been ordered to avoid participation in the biometric ID “Smart Teudat Zehut” program that is currently under trial and being pushed onto unsuspecting citizens in Israel.

Israel’s security forces strongly believe that the biometric database is not sufficiently secure, according to a report in Haaretz.

But one doesn’t need to be a secret agent to worry about this program.

Private citizens should also be concerned about who will have access to their biometric and personal data, whether deliberately or accidentally, and how that data will be used and connected up with other database information, to track the activities of average citizens.

MK Moshe Feiglin (Likud) has been saying for months now that the new biometric database is bad news for Israelis.

In an article he published in The Jewish Press more than a year ago, Guard our Freedom: Beware the Biometric Law, MK Feiglin noted that the possibility of breaking into the ID database is simply too strong a temptation for powerful interest groups and tycoons, who are sure to find a way to get to this data.

“We’re giving the State unlimited abilities to control and manage civilian life,” Feiglin warned in a press interview recently. “We’re talking about being biometrically marked. If we were offered to be marked on our forehead we would refuse. We’d also refuse a tattoo on our ear, but when the tattoo is transparent we agree.”

“People can lose their liberty without feeling a thing,” he cautions. “So guard it with the greatest vigilance and do not give anyone your biometric information.”

Israel Halted Iranian Assassination Campaign at US Urging

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

The Obama administration pressured Israel to stop assassinating Iran’s top nuclear scientists, according to a CBS News report.

Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency ran an assassination campaign for several years, during which time at least five Iranian scientists were killed, most by bombs planted on their cars, national correspondent Dan Raviv reported Saturday on the CBS News website.

“Remarkably, the Israeli assassins were never caught — obviously having long-established safe houses inside Iran — although several Iranians who may have helped the Mossad were arrested and executed,” Raviv wrote.

His report was published a day before the book Raviv co-authored, “Spies Against Armageddon: Inside Israel’s Secret Wars,” was coming out with an updated edition.

“Recently, as I sought to update a book I co-wrote about the history of Israel’s intelligence agencies, sources close to them revealed that they felt pressure from the Obama Administration — more than a hint — to stop carrying out assassinations inside Iran,” he wrote, without elaborating.

Raviv, citing sources “close to” Israel’s intelligence agencies, reported that Mossad officials decided that the campaign had become “too dangerous” and decided to pull out before any of their spies were caught and killed.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered the Mossad to concentrate on finding evidence that Iran is violating the interim agreement it signed with the world powers in November, Raviv reported.

Australian Book: Prisoner X Leaked Information to Iran

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Ben Zygier, the Australian-born Mossad agent previously known as Prisoner X, leaked sensitive information about Israel’s espionage operations against Iran, according to a new book.

In the book titled “Prisoner X,” the code name given to Zygier after he was taken and imprisoned by Shin Bet in early 2010, Australian journalist Rafael Epstein claims Zygier revealed intelligence about operations he had been involved in to an Iranian businessman he was with at Monash University in Melbourne in 2009.

“It was this Iranian who played a key role in his downfall,” Epstein wrote in an exclusive extract published in The Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne’s The Age newspapers Saturday.

“Put simply, Ben said too much to the wrong person at the wrong time,” according to Epstein, who claims that “sources in Australia and Israel say [Zygier] revealed details of his work to an Iranian businessman who was at Monash University’s Caulfield campus while Zygier was also studying.”

Epstein suggests that “sources in Australia and Israel claim the Iranian knew that what he was hearing was valuable, and relayed the information to Iran. Tehran’s security services started talking about the Mossad agent, and the details revealed by Zygier then became part of the electronic traffic between Iran and a European capital city. This electronic communication traffic was then picked up by the massive surveillance network operated by Israel.”

“Zygier was also the subject of a significant ASIO operation at the time, with concern over his use of his Australian passports for Mossad operations overseas,” Epstein writes, adding that “details of Zygier’s work, and of another Australian Mossad agent he was working with in Italy, were leaked by Australian intelligence sources to then Fairfax journalist Jason Koutsoukis. One of Koutsoukis’ sources claimed to have been following Zygier on the streets of Melbourne.

Epstein’s thesis contradicts previous media reports, which claimed that in 2008 Zygier flew independently to Eastern Europe in a bid to turn a Hezbollah associate into a double agent. But his apparent attempt to prove his worth to his Mossad superiors reportedly backfired and he allegedly exposed two Lebanese nationals working for the Mossad.

“It comes as no surprise then that when Ben babbled in Melbourne, the Mossad heard about it in Tel Aviv via Tehran,” according to Epstein.

JTA content was used in this report.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/book-prisoner-x-leaked-sensitive-information-on-iran-ops/2014/02/23/

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