Books: A star (mole) is born

Incredible inside information reaches Israel – but is it heeded?

August 25, 2016 17:21
4 minute read.
Ashraf Marwan

Mourners march in the funeral procession of Ashraf Marwan in Cairo on July 1, 2007. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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Why was Israel caught unaware by Egypt’s attack on October 6, 1973? Though the IDF eventually overcame the Egyptian and Syrian onslaught on the afternoon of Yom Kippur, lack of adequate preparation resulted in thousands of Israeli casualties and costly loss of equipment.

The Angel
, written by Uri Bar-Joseph and translated by David Hazony, argues cogently that the problem wasn’t a lack of credible intelligence, but rather a failure to act on it.

The spy who tried to warn Israel had astounding credentials: Ashraf Marwan, the son-in-law of former Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser and a close adviser to his successor, Anwar Sadat, was Israel’s star mole for 27 years.


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