Soldier Spies: Israeli Military Intelligence

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Chronicles the successes of Israel's military intelligence service and discusses the agency's role in Israel's history from the War of Independence to the present

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After its brilliant successes in the Six-Day War, the War of Attrition and the campaign against Black September, A'MAN, Israel's oldest intelligence agency, fell prey to institutional hubris. A'MAN's dangerous overconfidence only deepened, Katz here reveals, after spectacular coups such as its taping of a stragetic phone conference between Egypt's President Nasser and Jordan's King Hussein, and individual A'MAN exploits such as agent Eli Cohen's masquerade in Syria as an Arab, during which he gathered information used to great advantage during the Six-Day War. A'MAN's great crisis was the surprise Arab attack initiating the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Katz describes the agency's vital role in the close victory over Egypt and Syria, its reorganization, and its participation in subsequent operations, including the 1982 invasion of Lebanon. A'MAN's importance to the security of Israel was highlighted in the summer of 1990, when the intelligence corps officially became the Israel Defense Force's fourth branch of service, joining the army, navy and air force. The book is a soundly researched review by a former member of the IDF. Photos.
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Katz's book follows Dan Raviv and Yossi Melman's Every Spy a Prince ( LJ 7/90) and Victor Ostrovsky and Claire Hoy's By Way of Deception ( LJ 11/15/90) in a series of recent titles dealing with Israeli intelligence activities. More scholarly than its predecessors, this work concentrates on the history and activities of A'man, the military intelligence agency of the Israeli Defense Forces, rather than on the Mossad (the Israeli near-equivalent of the CIA) that is the centerpiece of the earlier books. Katz has written a well-documented history of activities that have been little known outside the Middle East. If the book has any failing, it is its failure to criticize the exploits of the Israeli military: There is no question of who the "good guys" and "bad guys" have been, and Katz sheds few tears for the recipients of the covert attentions of the Israeli intelligence apparatus. Recommended for Middle East and military collections or where the earlier titles have been popular.-- Stanley Planton, Ohio Univ.
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