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.
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.