Israel's Silent Defender: An Inside Look at Sixty Years of Israeli Intelligence

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Israeli intelligence has been known for decades, for its effectiveness, imagination and bravery, while its determined willingness to fight against global terrorism has witnessed some spectacular and audacious results.

But what is it really like inside the Israeli intelligence community?
What drove it to become one of the premier Intelligence services in the world?
Who are the men and women behind it?
In this observant and enthralling book, Israel's Silent Defender: An Inside Look at Sixty Years of Israeli Intelligence Ephraim Lapid and Amos Gilboa take you on a journey which looks at the history of Israeli Intelligence;

  • How it was created
  • How it works
  • The leaders who drove it forward
  • The defining moments of the service throughout history
  • Areas of activity
  • The secrets of its success

Taken from over sixty years of the works and accounts of previous serving officers this isn't just a work of research, but a living memory of people who were there and who worked tirelessly to protect a country surrounded by enemies.

Israel's Silent Defender is the first book of its kind and a unique look at the Israeli intelligence community over the last sixty years. Its pages are likely to surprise and enthral you in equal measure.

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In Israel s Silent Defender, Brigadier Generals (Res.) Amos Gilboa and Ephraim Lapid have compiled thirty-seven essays written by experts and leaders of Israeli intelligence, among them high-ranking analysts and J2s, commanders of human intelligence (HUMINT), signal intelligence (SIGINT), visual intelligence (VISINT) and open source intelligence (OSINT) units, and heads of the Israel Defense Intelligence (IDI), the Mossad and the Shabak.

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Edited by Brigadier Generals (Res.) Gilboa and Lapid, this collection brings together the essays of former and current Israeli intelligence officials, discussing topics ranging from a comparison of the intelligence of the Six-Day War of 1967 and the Yom Kippur War of 1973, to The Role of Intelligence in the Battle for Hearts and Minds. In addition, the volume details the various sections of Israeli intelligence reputed to be among the best in the world. Responsible for covert actions outside of national borders, the Mossad is perhaps the best-known of all the branches, but the largest member of Israel s intelligence community is Israel Defense Intelligence (IDI), which includes departments overseeing VISINT (visual intelligence), SIGINT (electronics or signal intelligence), OSINT (open source intelligence), and HUMINT (human intelligence). There is also the super-secretive Israel Security Agency (aka Shabak), which is responsible for counterespionage, protecting the country s most important individuals, and preventing terrorism and subversion. Several essays even discuss the challenges ahead. Three appendices provide additional information not covered in the essays, such as a timeline, photos and short bios of heads of the Israeli Intelligence community, and brief write-ups on other pertinent topics. This is an extremely informative and specialized book, and as a result the bureaucratic writing can be tough to slog through. However, there are moments of general interest, such as Gilboas account of destroying half of Hezbollahs long-range rockets in one day, thanks to years of intelligence work. Photos. (Dec.) --Publishers Weekly

The strength of this book is bringing much of the sixty years of history into one volume in succinct and clear language from a reliable source. Consequently, this is an important historical survey of the Israeli intelligence community. --Rachel Simon, Association of Jewish Libraries

...but they describe historical details, background and descriptions, including successes (Entebbe and Osiraq), but also failures, as in the Yom Kippur War. It all leaves a reader wanting even more. --Gila Wertheimer, Chicago Jewish Star

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