Jerusalem Report

Secrets of the Mossad

Two new books reveal some of the successes – and failures – of Israel’s espionage agency.

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IN THE EVENING hours of July 21, 1973, the Mossad, Israel’s foreign espionage agency, suffered one of its worst failures. In the sleepy town of Lillehammer in northern Norway, Mossad assassins killed Ahmad Bouchiki.

They had made a terrible mistake. They mistook Bouchiki, an innocent Moroccan waiter married to a local woman, for Ali Hassan Salameh, a master terrorist within the ranks of the Palestine Liberation Organization and one of PLO leader Yasser Arafat’s close associates.

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