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When Gabriel asks what could happen to the fictional Radek if his past was revealed, the response he receives is: Precious little. When it comes to prosecuting war criminals.

Have you ever heard of Dr. Heinrich Gross? It was quite clear that Doctor Gross was in complete control of his mental faculties. A man like Ludwig Vogel, even if he were exposed as a liar, could expect the same treatment. The chances of him ever facing trial in Austria for his crimes would be zero. The Palestinians and their representatives have claimed that Israel drove them from their land, massacred some of their people during the war and repeatedly since then, including attacks on refugee camps , and prevented them from establishing a Palestinian state in Gaza and the West Bank.

In addition, some point to Arab governments as refusing to come to the aid of their Palestinian brothers in order to preserve a conflict they could use to divert attention from their own failings.

In the film Black Sunday, an Egyptian intelligence officer provides Major Kabakov with the background of Dahlia Iyad, who is part of the operation to kill thousands at the Super Bowl. The facts, as he states them, are: RICHELSON brother killed by Israeli commandos in war of same year, expelled with sister and mother in , lived in tent in the Gaza refugee camp till , mother died of typhus in , sister raped in war of , refugee camp in Jordan in , Black September Driving them off their land.

Bulldozing their villages. Torturing them. Then, charges Yusef, the Jews used the news of those events to scare other Palestinians into deserting their villages. You are building the first Palestinian ghetto. They attacked a convoy of doctors and nurses heading up Mount Scopus and butchered them all.

Their goal was to kill us all. And that remains their goal today. Eyal is immediately hostile— reflecting his previously expressed views.

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Obviously, asking the opinions of those directly involved in such an operation would be difficult. A closely related question is the impact that participating in such revenge operations has on the messengers of vengeance. After Downloaded By: Of course, in fiction this is not always the case. In his adventures, Matt Helm disposed of a large number of individuals in cold blood without coming close to requiring therapy. In the film Black Sunday, Kabakov, lying in a hospital bed after nearly being killed, tells his partner: What have I achieved?

Same world, same wars, same enemies, same friends, and same victims. Revenge is healthy. Revenge is purifying. Or Leah. It just creates a perpetual-motion machine. Where does it end?

How can it end?

Movie theaters featured a multitude of spy films based on those books, while British and American television provided weekly adventures of a variety of secret agents—John Drake, Kelly Robinson and Alexander Scott, and John Steed and Emma Peel. At the time, fictional representatives of the Israeli foreign intelligence service were rarely part of the fictional and cinematic spy worlds.

They first appeared as secondary characters.

Occasional starring roles followed—in Black Sunday and Triple. Consistent with the earlier appearances of fictional Mossad personnel, the newer personnel are not imitations of the fictional American and British spies and secret agents. Certain similarities—which they must have to carry out their assignments—include calmness under pressure, an ability to fight and shoot, as well as an ability to think quickly and improvise.

But, in the absence of fantasy figures, the focus in the novels and films is on activities in which actual Israeli intelligence officers have been engaged in the past, are engaged in today, and will be engaged in the future.

That so much of the film and fiction involving the Mossad has involved real-world issues such as the Holocaust, Palestinian terrorism, and the utility of revenge reflects, of course, a conscious choice by the authors and directors.

But many have chosen to not merely use those issues as the background for a thriller, but rather as means of addressing those issues in some detail, with some seriousness. Thus, Spielberg commented that without the exchange between Avner and his Palestinian target, in which the target elaborates on the Palestinian viewpoint: And I was never going to make that picture.

One limitation is that, in general, the overwhelming portion of a book or film deals with a purely fictional series of events. Thus, in The Confessor, Gabriel investigates the death of a fictional friend who, it turns out, was writing a book on a purely fictional agreement between Nazi Germany and the Vatican that facilitated the Holocaust.

But, what a film or a novel that devotes a significant amount of attention to such larger issues can do is to stimulate the reader to think about such issues, and turn to the often extensive nonfiction literature on the issues addressed.

Thus, the three Allon books that deal with the Holocaust cite a number of works of nonfiction that deal with the issues examined—on art looting, Swiss banking, the role of the Catholic Church—while both Allon books that involve Palestinian terrorism refer the reader to books related to Palestinian terrorism and history, Israeli history, and the Mossad.

The concern that it might do so is certainly a principal reason why it has been scrutinized by a multitude of film critics and commentators.

Evaluation of the film has taken place, not just in the form of film reviews, but as articles in a wide variety of magazines and journals.

Critics have charged, and provided specifics to support their views, that it excuses terrorism on the grounds that it is related to a just cause an excuse, one commentator noted, that is never accepted for right-wing terrorism , that suggests a moral equivalence between Palestinian terrorists and Israeli counterterrorists and between the Palestinian and Israeli causes; portrays Avner as feeling a remorse that his alleged real-life counterpart never expressed and does not feel; fails to inform the viewer of previous major acts of Palestinian terrorism; and portrays Israeli actions as evil.

The trick is knowing the difference.

Munich, after all, concerns the unprovoked slaughter of eleven Israeli athletes and a retaliation operation directed against those who planned and supported it. But it seems likely that the issues that have become the basis for much of the fiction and film involving the Mossad will remain. Only recently have some cases involving art stolen from Jewish families been settled. Others, concerning Israeli special operations forces, have appeared.

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Viking, Bantam, , p. Viking, , p. Putnam, , pp. Fawcett, , p. Berkley, , pp. The hardcover edition was first published in Image Entertainment, Bantam, , originally published in Sony Home Entertainment, The film was released in Granta Publications, , pp. Scribner, The book was originally published in Palgrave, , pp. Signet, , p. Paramount, , first released in Signet, , pp.

Sony, Paramount, Originally released in Grove Weidenfeld, , pp. The History of Israeli Intelligence London: Virgin, , p. Penguin, Pius and the Catholic Church are defended in David G. Regnery, Harcourt, Brace, , pp. Knopf Canada, , pp. Swiss behavior is defended in Angelo M.

Codevilla, Between the Alps and a Hard Place: The Swiss government appointed a group of experts to examine Swiss activities of concern in World War II, which resulted in: Pendo Verlag GmbH, Looting and dealing in cultural assets are covered in pp. Vintage, Two works that charge that media coverage has been biased in favor of the Palestinians are Stephanie Gutmann, The Other War: Encounter, and Joshua Muravchik, Covering the Intifada: Washington Institute for Near East Policy, B1, B5.

Fawcett, Also see Matt Helm: The Unofficial Homepage at http: Simon and Schuster, Vengeance is acknowledged to be the main source of inspiration for Munich—but the claim that the Avner in Downloaded By: Related Papers. By Annette Seidel-Arpaci.

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Enter the email address you signed up with and we'll email you a reset link. Need an account? Click here to sign up. Help Center Find new research papers in: This software, according to Thomas, can "electronically probe into the lives of people in a way never before possible. More broadly, by following a terrorist's "every step," Promis allowed Israel to know "exactly when and where" terrorist operations of any kind would occur.

And, still better, after reverse-engineering the program and adding several features, including a "trapdoor" microchip, Mossad's technicians could sell Promis to others-like Jordanian and Soviet intelligence-and track what they were up to in precise detail.

There is much more in Gideon's Spies along the same or similar lines. It is, of course, impossible to confirm or disconfirm so-called findings based on secret tape-recordings or miracle computer programs manufactured by corporations obscure except to conspiracy theorists. All one can say is that, if Israel's intelligence capacity were really what Thomas alleges it to be, the intifada would have been stopped dead in its tracks, and the problem of anti-Jewish terrorism in the world would have long since subsided.

In any case, when it comes not to unverifiable assertions but to known and checkable facts, Thomas can hardly be said to inspire confidence. A few examples must suffice. Thomas's command of Middle East realities is faulty in the extreme. He makes up Arabic words no dictionary of mine has the word mafafeth , which he mistakenly believes means a meeting house and mistranslates others abu , or father, as "voice" being only the most egregious instance.

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He also routinely garbles common names, referring to Lebanon's Maronite Catholics as Marionites , to the Iranian arms dealer Ghorbanifar as Thorbanifar, and to Saddam Hussein's brother Sab'awi as Sabba'a. Chronology poses a particular stumbling block: Thomas misdates the Mossad's earliest roots by decades, has Richard Helms filling the position of director of Central Intelligence in he actually took over in , and calls the Yom Kippur war of the "second full-scale Arab war" with Israel, somehow forgetting And so forth.

The book contains raging inconsistencies. In one place, we are told Charles de Gaulle stopped all arms shipments to Israel in ; elsewhere, the same event is recorded as having taken place in Ignorance is never far from the surface. Thomas refers, for example, to "a tribesman of the Sarami, the oldest of the Islamic Sufi sects," but Sufi orders are not sects, and the Sarami order, far from being the oldest, does not even exist.

If we are to believe Thomas, whirling dervishes come from Africa not Turkey , the Pope today is an "absolute ruler," and the CIA has "hundreds of thousands" of employees.

Other statements simply boggle the mind, as when Thomas confidently asserts that the head of the Mossad paid informers "a bonus of one U. The idea that there may have been a Middle Eastern connection to this tragedy - an idea picked up by "thousands of media stories" - was, Thomas asserts, a product of Israeli disinformation.

He quotes James Kallstrom, the FBI agent in charge of the investigation, who allegedly told his colleagues in private: We had to check every item they slipped into the media. In fact, he told me, the Israelis were "extremely helpful" in the investigation.

When it is not indulging in "total nonsense" of this kind, Gideon's Spies offers an unexceptionable if banal and derivative account of well- known Mossad undertakings, including the placement of Eli Cohen in Damascus in the late 's and the rescue of hostages at Entebbe. But even here, Thomas inexplicably omits some of the organization's truly great feats - notably, its success in securing a copy of Nikita Khrushchev's secret party speech in repudiating Stalin. In brief, what is reliable in this book is old-hat, while what is new is utterly unreliable, a mishmash of blather and fantasy.

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Yet Gideon's Spies is also a dangerous book, and one that is likely to have a continuing impact. For one thing, Thomas is hardly the first to tread this particular path.

Not only does Gideon's Spies take its place within a well-established genre, it recycles a number of equally well-entrenched ideas. Thus, Thomas interweaves a tale about Israeli arms-sales to Iran with the thesis of an "October Surprise" involving the incoming Reagan administration in , a canard that has been proved false by no fewer than two congressional panels and a roster of journalists.

And he rehashes other old myths as well - that Israeli intelligence staged the attempted bombing of an El Al airliner in it was in fact the work of Syria , or that a "rogue CIA group" carried out the Pan Am bombing two years later. But if in essential respects Gideon's Spies resembles its predecessors, making basically the same case for the proposition that the Mossad is an octopus whose tentacles reach into all the world's power centers, it also makes that case more effectively.

For Thomas, a credentialed journalist, advances his arguments not in the form of a crabbed, hate-filled diatribe issued by a fringe publisher but in what is, on the whole, a jaunty, well-written, and handsomely produced book bearing the imprint of a reputable house.

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In contrast to the others, moreover, Thomas does not seem to hold any obvious grudge against the Mossad, an intelligence service he dubs "more formidable than any other in the world. What the surface reasonableness of Gideon's Spies serves to mask, however, is the extent to which Thomas, exactly like every other conspiracy theorist, seeks to persuade us that political realities are the opposite of what we know to be the truth for instance, that Israel's Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir was a "virulent" anti-American who would "do anything" to reduce Washington's influence in the world.

In this crucial sense, Gideon's Spies fits not only into the recent genre of books about the Mossad but into a vast, two-century-old literature promoting the idea of a Jewish conspiracy to take over the world. Pseudo-factual writings of this sort may look risible, but they are not. To the contrary, they form a necessary background to retaliatory action against those identified as the guilty party. Thus, the lateth-century florescence of writing about a Jewish world conspiracy, culminating in the Protocols of the Elders of Zion , laid the basis for the later Nazi assault against the Jews just as surely as Communist literature targeting the bourgeoisie laid the groundwork for the terror-to-come of Stalin, Mao, and Pol Pot, or the anti-Kurd spoutings of Saddam Hussein's regime prepared the way for genocide in the north of Iraq.

If conspiracist tracts of this nature cannot be entirely discredited, it is nevertheless of critical importance that they be exposed and denounced. At the very least, one can thereby hope to minimize the damage they are likely to do.

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Thomas's "secret history" also reveals that the Mossad helped the failed putsch of Soviet hardliners against Mikhail Gorbachev in , and purposely destroyed the CIA's network in South Africa.

The Mossad and American Zionists were outraged that Inman had restricted that satellite maps that the Israelis could look at to about or miles around Israel. The Palestinians and their representatives have claimed that Israel drove them from their land, massacred some of their people during the war and repeatedly since then, including attacks on refugee camps , and prevented them from establishing a Palestinian state in Gaza and the West Bank.

In when Bobbie Ray Inman was up for consideration as the Secretary of Defense, there was a Mossad-inspired - or really American Zionist inspired - calling campaign to paint Inman as a homosexual. By Pavla Vrbkova.