Mossad secrets revealed in new documentary
‘Sealed Lips,’ a film on the life and service of agency director Yitzhak Hofi, airs on Channel 1.
Returning from Entebbe Photo: Uzi Keren
Sealed Lips – a documentary focusing on Yitzhak Hofi, the fifth director of the
Mossad (1974-82), who had an illustrious career in the Hagana, Palmah and the
IDF before joining the Israeli secret service, will be aired at 9 p.m. on Monday
on Channel 1.
Directed by Yarin Kimor, produced by Dorit Strik, edited by
Vika Shor and Tzipi Raz and filmed by Adi Sasson, Sealed lips, is unusual
because not one but six former heads of the Mossad appear in the production.
They are Zvi Zamir, Nahum Admoni, Shabtai Shavit, Efraim Halevy and Meir Dagan,
in addition to Hofi.
Born in Tel Aviv in 1927, Hofi served as an IDF
commander in the 1948 and the 1973 wars.
Before joining the Mossad, he
was briefly acting chief of the General Staff.
The Entebbe rescue mission
in 1976 took place primarily on Hofi’s initiative and he directed operatives in
using Kenyan intelligence contacts regarding the refueling of Israeli planes for
the return flight.
He frequently went out into the field himself. He was
also humane. He took time to ask the three-year-old son of an agent to allow him
to send his father abroad on very important state business.
directing the film, Kimor understood that people work for the Mossad out of a
genuine sense of mission – they receive no public accolades.
be introduced to some of the Mossad’s methods and operations, most of which are
generally absent from the public eye – such as the discovery, by agents in
Europe, of 2 tons of explosives intended to blow up Haifa Port.
addition to espionage, targeted killings, cooperation with foreign intelligence
services, research and technology, the Mossad engages in unofficial diplomacy
and in bringing remnants of the Jewish people back to Israel.