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Turkish media reported Thursday (Oct. 21) that 15 Mossad agents were arrested last month in the country. No information was released on their gender, or identities.

Turkish Media: 15 Mossad Agents Arrested, All Arabs

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The agents were arrested in four provinces and were reportedly placed into five separate cells of three people each.

Were there any women among them? It’s not clear, but the Mossad does indeed recruit women, and has done since its inception. Some have married.

The stories of the first 16 female pioneers with the agency have now been told in a new book, ‘The Mossad Amazons’ written by Michael Bar-Zohar and Nissim Mishal and published this year by Ktav Publishing House.

Actress Anne Hathaway is planning to act in series that is to be based on The Mossad Amazons, according to a spokesperson for the authors.

“I am a lohemet – a Mossad female warrior,” writes Liat, 20-year female veteran Mossad agent in the introduction to the book. “I am whole-hearted and enthusiastic about what I am doing,” she writes. “It is important that each of us warriors would feel a profound commitment to the defense of the nation, of our families and ourselves. But one should also have a spark in one’s eyes.”

The authors tell the personal stories of all 16 female Mossad warriors and conclude with an excerpt from an address by former Mossad director Yossi Cohen, who noted that 40 percent of those in the agency are female.

“Women have served in the Mossad, in every function and every profession, since its creation,” Cohen said. “We need women, today more than ever, in every position and every grade. . . Today, women already serve in major command positions in the Mossad, and I hope that in the future we’ll see a woman as head of the Mossad.

“Forty percent of the Mossad employees are women, 26 percent of the commanders are women,” Cohen added. “This is a very high percentage in an operational security organization, but we still strive to improve it.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.