We have ways of making you walk! Israeli spies come unstuck in muddy German field

Two undercover government officials get their car stuck, and their cover blown, in what could be Mossad's least glamorous hour.

March 8, 2016 16:50
1 minute read.
Israeli espionage

Israeli espionage. (photo credit: REUTERS,JPOST STAFF)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


The small northern German town of Quarnbek, population 1,800, was the center of a farcical encounter between two undercover Israeli agents, some mud, a suspicious old woman and a farmer's tractor last December.

Germany's The Local reported on Tuesday that the small town had sent the Israeli government a bill for €1,263 for the services of a tractor and the local fire service, after two reported Mossad agents were left stranded in a muddy field while on a covert operation at the end of last year.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

The two men, thought to be from the fabled Israeli secret service, were tracking the movements of a newly-built German submarine on its first voyage to Israel. While tracking the sub they entered a muddy field, and attracted the attention of a suspicious pensioner.

The Israelis' excuse that they were innocently scouting the route of a future sailing regatta didn't hold with the elderly woman, who promptly called the police. Instead of stealthily slipping away, the two men found that their Ford Focus was stuck in the mud, and were forced to identify themselves to German authorities.

Not known for hogging the limelight, the agents would have been mortified when the local fire service and then a farmer with a tractor were called to pull them out of the sticky situation.

Mayor Klaus Langer was upset with the alleged conduct of the Israelis. "If they’d gone back to their embassy and said 'hey we messed up, we need to pay for this' and then sorted things out from their side, none of this publicity would have been necessary,” he told The Local, showing perhaps more common sense than the purported spies had.

As of Tuesday, the Israeli embassy had not replied to the invoice.


Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Rabbi Slomó Köves, Mária Schmidt, and Gergely Gulyás at press conference by House of Fates
September 21, 2018
Yad Vashem publicly criticizes controversial Hungarian Holocaust Museum