Isser Harel, the son of Jewish parents, was born in Russia in His family fled to Lithuania after the family business was confiscated by Bolsheviks in Isser Harel was the spymaster who moulded the Mossad into the organisation that it is. He answered only to the Prime Minister and his wife, and never. Isser Harel was born in the Russian Empire (now Belarus), and immigrated to pre -state Palestine at the age of For many years, he was involved in security.

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Already by then isseer had gathered a large amount of information related to his vocation that he knew would be of use to him in the future.

Middle East and North Iszer obituaries. As he turned into Garibaldi Street, in a lower-middle-class area outside the capital, he was thrown by three men into a waiting car.

Many had credited his discovery to Simon Wiesenthal, but Harel denied this. The family had a vinegar factory in Vitebsk.

Another campaign, against West German scientists who were helping Egypt develop weapons delivery systems at a time when the Israeli government was developing closer ties to West Germanycaused Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion to require his resignation in Documents were prepared for the year-old Isser stating that he was 18 and eligible for a British visa.

The Harel family faced hardship when the Soviet regime confiscated their property. Grayevsky, who was Jewish, had recently visited Israel and had decided to emigrate; he gave the speech to security officers at the Israeli embassy in Warsaw, and they in turn sent photographed copies to Harel in Tel Aviv. Rather, they are presented on the site as archival content, intended for historical reference only. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.

Isser Harel (Author of The House on Garibaldi Street)

Showing aptitude for espionage from an early age, a four foot eight inch, seventeen year old Isser smuggled a revolver though unsuspecting custom officers.


After leaving Mossad, Harel turned to politics. The exact date of his birth was not passed on to him because the book of Gemara in which the date was recorded was lost in the migrations of the Russian Revolution of and World War I.

Harel was credited with building the Mossad into a highly professional organization capable of conducting operations around the world during his year tenure — Through his friendship with its head of counterintelligence, James Jesus Angleton, Harel allayed American suspicions of Israel’s supposed ties with the USSR, and claimed to be the first to hand the Americans the full text of Soviet leader Nikita Krushchev’s famous “secret speech” denouncing Stalin.

According to Harel himself, when he arrived back in Israel with the captured Eichmann, Harel went to Ben-Gurion’s office and told the prime minister: Any mistakes on the part of an agent subjected the poor fellow to brutal cross-examination at the hands of Isser, and any immoral behavior that left a trace of scandal was replied to with instant dismissal. Even within Mossad, Shin Bet and Aman the external, internal and military branches of Israeli intelligencemany colleagues rued the day that they had crossed “Little Isser”, as they nervously nicknamed him.

He was the Mossad director fromwhere he directed both the Shin Bet and the Mossad.

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The other involved Yosseleh Schumacher, the grandson of an ultra-Orthodox Brooklynite, who, inwas prevented from kidnaping his son and enrolling him in a religious school.

Discover some of the most hardl and trending topics of He later revealed that he had smuggled thousands of Moroccan Jews to Israel by co-operating with the Franco regime in Spain and bribing local officials, making several visits there in the late s and early s.

Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. I sat with former Mossad chief Isser Harel for a conversation about Arab terrorism. Originally published in the Britannica Book of the Year. She did not serve in the Israeli Defense Forces but instead in the National Work Program which is an alternative for women who do not or cannot serve the mandatory 18 months in the I.


Two years later, he became Tel Aviv head of Shai, the intelligence branch of the main Zionist underground, Haganah. Spartacus Educational ; David B. Ben-Gurion demanded Harel’s resignation after these tactics injured several people other than the scientists and seemed to be ineffective in preventing their cooperation with the Egyptians.

After his career in intelligence, Harel was primarily a writer. Nevertheless Isser had an eye for the best people who he remained close to professionally and personally.

Isser Harel

In return, Mossad monitored developments in the Red Sea from a vast clandestine complex in Addis Ababa. Our editors will review what you’ve submitted, and if it meets our criteria, we’ll add it to the article. During his tenure as the Mossad chief, he led two famous operations. February 20, Author: The Mossad’s tactics included sending mail bombs and arranging assassination attempts. You may find it helpful to search within the site to see how similar or related subjects are covered.

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. He was born Isser Halperin in Byelorussia, moving to Palestine in and changing his name before helping to set up a kibbutz and an orange-packing business. He was always aloof, always the lone operator.


In they emigrated from the Soviet Union to Daugavpils in independent Latvia. When he was 16, Isser began preparations to immigrate to Israel. Young Isser was five years old when the revolution broke out and Vitebsk passed several times between the Whites and the Reds. Frederick Forsyth including The Eichmann Rendition.

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