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  • Islamist militants leave signed note on beheaded corpse in Sinai

    1 week ago

    Residents in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula said on Wednesday they found a beheaded corpse bearing a note signed by an Islamist militant group linked to the Syria and Iraq-based Islamic State, accusing the victim of being an Israeli spy.

    The beheading is the eighth claimed by the group...

  • Sinai terror group beheads four accused of spying for Israel

    3 weeks ago

    Four Egyptian men were beheaded by a Sinai-based terror group for allegedly spying for Israel.

    Members of the Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis said in a video released Thursday that they killed the men because they had been spying for Israel’s Mossad agency.

    The headless bodies were found...

  • For Noah Emmerich, era’s tension in ‘The Americans’ hits home

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 11, 2014 | 2:50 pm

    Noah Emmerich has earned critical kudos for his portrayal of Stan Beeman, a troubled FBI counterintelligence agent who remains unaware that his archenemies — married KGB spooks posing as typical Americans — live just across the street from his suburban Washington, D.C., home in...

  • Report: Mandela received Mossad training

    December 20, 2013 | 10:19 am

    Nelson Mandela received training from Israel’s Mossad in the 1960s, an Israeli government document has revealed.

    Mandela, the former South African president and anti-apartheid leader who died earlier this month, was trained by Mossad agents in weaponry and sabotage in 1962,...

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  • Spying for Mossad, Israeli author never forsook fiction [Q&A]

    October 22, 2013 | 4:44 pm

    For retired Israeli spy Mishka Ben-David, writing fiction was a realization of artistic aspirations he had long suppressed.

    Ben-David had a doctorate in Hebrew literature and four books published when the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad recruited him in 1987. He agreed to...

  • On bombing Iran

    By David Suissa

    August 14, 2013 | 10:42 am

    “The Iranian regime supports violent extremists and challenges us across the region. It pursues a nuclear capability that could spark a dangerous arms race and raise the prospect of a transfer of nuclear know-how to terrorists. ... The danger from Iran is grave, it is real, and my...

  • Isaac Asimov, Two Foundations and the Jews

    By Roger Price

    July 12, 2013 | 8:48 am

       Abraham Joshua Heschel, the renowned 20th century philosopher, understood that gaining “control of the world of space” is one of the main tasks of humankind.  The result of the conquest of space is “technical civilization.” But, Heschel argued, “(l)ife goes wrong when the...

  • The Middle East: Where upheaval reigns

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 12, 2013 | 11:32 am

    In December 1973, shortly after the Arab-Israeli Yom Kippur War, Israel’s director of central intelligence submitted a report about the performance of the intelligence community before the war. The report acknowledged an “intelligence failure.” The problem wasn’t the collection of...

  • June 3, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 3, 2013 | 3:36 am

    The US

    Headline: U.S. will drop peace process if Israelis, Palestinians aren't serious, senior American official warns

    To Read: Sarah Chayes points out that, besides actually using force, the only measures the US has ever taken in the Middle East have all been aimed at...

  • Australian FM confirms Ben Zygier worked for Israeli government

    March 6, 2013 | 8:28 am

    Ben Zygier, the Australian-Israeli dual national known previously as Prisoner X, worked for the Israeli government, Australia's foreign minister confirmed for the first time.

    But Minister of Foreign Affairs Bob Carr at a news conference Wednesday refused to say whether Zygier...

  • Report: Israel informed Australia when Zygier was arrested

    February 22, 2013 | 11:17 am

    Israeli intelligence services notified Australian officials of Ben Zygier’s arrest immediately after he was detained, an Australian news agency reported. 

    Australia’s Fairfax Media quoted a “well-placed source familiar with the case” as saying Israeli intelligence had told...

  • ‘The Americans’ - Straighten up and spy write

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 20, 2013 | 10:59 am

    Joe Weisberg is an ex-CIA agent and creator of FX’s new spy thriller “The Americans,” which spotlights KGB agents deep undercover in the United States. But back in 1989, he was a Yale University graduate flying to the Soviet Union on his own clandestine Jewish mission. His goal was...

  • Australian Zionist leader blasts claims that Israel programs recruit for Mossad

    February 20, 2013 | 10:29 am

    The Zionist Federation of Australia slammed media claims that Israel programs serve as recruitment camps for the Mossad.

    In a statement Wednesday, federation President Philip Chester wrote that the claims were “totally uninformed and mischievous.”

    “Contrary to the assertions of...

  • Prisoner X affair raises charges of dual loyalty for Australian Jews

    February 20, 2013 | 10:00 am

    As more details have seeped out about the mysterious life and death of Israel’s Prisoner X -- identified last week by an Australian TV program as Ben Zygier -- the wall of silence surrounding those who knew him has begun to show some cracks.

    On Tuesday, Israel released parts of a...

  • Los Angeles had its own Israeli Ex-“Prisoner X”

    By Pini Herman

    February 19, 2013 | 9:32 am

    Ben Zygier, the Australian immigrant to Israel and purported Mossad agent who committed suicide in Ayalon Prison two years ago, is now known in the public furor in Israel about his secret imprisonment, as Prisoner X. Until another natural death in 1993, Los Angeles also had its own...

  • Israel releases judge’s report into Australian’s suicide

    February 19, 2013 | 6:54 am

    Israel released details on Tuesday about the 2010 jailhouse suicide of an Australian immigrant reported to have been a disgraced Mossad spy, saying he hanged himself in his cell and no foul play was involved.

    The affair was kept under wraps until it emerged last week with an...

  • Report: Zygier may have told Australian intelligence about Mossad ops

    February 18, 2013 | 1:42 pm

    Suspected Israeli spy Ben Zygier may have given detailed information about his work to Australian intelligence, leading to his arrest and imprisonment in Israel, according to an Australian news program.

    The Australian Broadcasting Corp.'s "Foreign Correspondent" reported Monday...

  • Mystery Australian’s next-of-kin seek compensation from Israel

    February 15, 2013 | 6:02 am

    Relatives of an Australian immigrant to Israel who killed himself in 2010 while secretly jailed on charges of violating national security are seeking compensation from the state, a source briefed on the affair said on Friday.

    The source said the talks were preliminary as Israel...

  • Israeli lawyer sheds some light on Australian spy mystery

    February 14, 2013 | 6:30 am

    An Australian immigrant, reported to have been recruited by Israel's Mossad spy agency, was charged with grave crimes before he committed suicide in an Israeli jail, one of his lawyers said on Thursday.

    The closely guarded case has raised questions in Australia and Israel about...

  • Spy suicide scandal focuses attention on Israel’s foreign Jews

    February 14, 2013 | 6:07 am

    The jailhouse suicide of an Australian immigrant who may have betrayed Israel's Mossad has focused attention on the agency's recruitment of foreign-born Jews who could spy under cover of their native passports.

    After a three-year blackout was broken by an Australian TV expose,...

  • More details trickle out about Israel’s Prisoner X, aka Ben Zygier, an Australian Jew

    February 13, 2013 | 9:13 am

    More information has begun to trickle out about the mysterious man known as Prisoner X who hanged himself in Israel’s Ayalon Prison in 2010.

    The Australian Broadcasting Corp.'s “Foreign Correspondent” program made headlines worldwide when it reported this week that the prisoner,...

  • February 13, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 13, 2013 | 3:21 am

    The US

    Headline: Obama says US will stand 'steadfast' with Israel

    To Read:  Aaron David Miller examines the possible foreign policy implications of yesterday's 'State of the Union' address-

    Two clocks tick down in a president's second term: the drive for legacy and the...

  • Israeli lawmakers press for answers on dead Australian ‘Prisoner X’

    February 12, 2013 | 2:24 pm

    Knesset members pressed Israel's justice minister for answers on "Prisoner X," who was identified in an Australian TV report as an Australian-born Israeli who worked for the Mossad and died in an Israeli prison.

    The Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported Tuesday that the man...

  • Israel rattled by mysterious Australian prisoner, reports ABC

    February 12, 2013 | 8:11 am

    An Australian man committed suicide in a high-security Israeli jail in 2010 after being held for months in great secrecy, Australia's ABC channel said on Tuesday, throwing new light on a case that has rattled Israel.

    The unforced ABC story named the man, known previously only as...

  • Gifts for literarily everyone

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    November 20, 2012 | 2:02 pm

    As Chanukah approaches, there is a plentitude of gift-worthy titles from recently published books. Some are elegant, some quirky, some comforting, but all of them are suitable for one or another of the readers on your list.  

     

    Michael Feinstein, an American maestro in his own...

  • October 25, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 25, 2012 | 2:46 am

    In-depth

    How Iran Plays the U.S.

    The Islamic Republic has never been swayed from its policies by the decades-long conciliatory attitude of American administrations, writes Sohrab Ahmari in Commentary Magazine

    The notion that U.S.-Iran tension is rooted in a failure of...

  • Israelis want Romney, don’t want attack on Iran. Not that it matters‎

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 16, 2012 | 2:32 am

    I’ve written a couple of posts in the past about Israelis’ views regarding ‎an IDF attack on Iran. A new Israel Democracy Institute survey (July’s Peace ‎Index) reconfirms what we already know: Israelis are quite ‎apprehensive about doing it all alone, without American...

  • Israel dismisses accusation of involvement in Egypt attack

    August 6, 2012 | 12:11 pm

    Israel on Monday dismissed a claim by Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood that it was in any way involved in a deadly attack on a police station in Sinai a day earlier in which 16 policemen were killed.

    “Even the person who says this when he looks at himself in the mirror does not believe the nonsense he is uttering,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said.

    The Muslim Brotherhood had said that the attack “can be attributed to Mossad”, referring to the Israeli intelligence agency.

  • Israeli ex-intelligence chief hints at possibility of Iran attack in coming months

    August 2, 2012 | 10:13 am

    An Israeli ex-intelligence chief hinted at the possibility of an Israeli attack on Iran in the coming months.

    Speaking to the New York Times, Efraim Halevy, former chief of Israel’s Mossad, said that “If I were an Iranian, I would be very fearful of the next 12 weeks.”

    On...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 20, 2012 | 9:17 am

    Because we are all a part of the human nature, even us, the perfect Israelis, have the tendency of self-criticizing. One of the most common topics where we have a problem with, well, ourselves, is Israeli movies. In the past decade, our film industry flourishes, as more and more...

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