Intel secrets to be revealed on Channel 1

Until the last decade or so, the identities of members of Israel's intelligence community remained secret, as did their actions.

January 26, 2010 20:50
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Until the last decade or so, the identities of members of Israel's intelligence community remained secret, as did their actions. There were exceptions, such as Isser Harel,Yitzhak Shamir, Meir Amit, Chaim Herzog and David Kimche, but in general who these people were and what they did was shrouded in mystery. Many of them operated under the guises of business people and diplomats, and played their cards so close to their chests that even their nearest and dearest were unaware of their clandestine activities.

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Some of those secrets will be revealed this Friday at 6 p.m. on Channel One when Yigal Ravid, who anchors The Way it Was, interviews Nahik Navot, a former deputy director of the Mossad and before that director of special operations in Paris.

One of several subjects that will come up in the interview is King Hussein - while it was always an open secret that the Jordanian monarch had excellent relations with all of Israel's prime ministers, what is not generally known is that there was one exception - Menachem Begin. The two couldn't stand each other.


Ravid and Navot will also talk about relations with Egypt. It may surprise some Israelis to learn that although it was President Anwar Sadat who signed a peace treaty with Israel, his predecessor Gamal Abdel Nasser was also interested in reaching some kind of accommodation with the Jewish state.

Other previously classified information - about the wars in which Israel was engaged and events related to Israel's constant battle against terrorism - will be made public for what in some cases will be the first time.

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