Victor Ostrovsky, the former Israeli intelligence officer, has certainly revised one literary maxim: it is a far, far better thing to be banned in New York than to be banned in Boston. Dontzin convened his court at 1 A. The Government of Israel, doubtless prodded by Mossad, the intelligence agency that formerly employed Mr. Ostrovsky, had accomplished in just a few moments, albeit at an odd hour for judicial decision, what the publicists for St. Martin's Press could not have imagined in their wildest dreams.
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The first time the Mossad came calling, they wanted Victor Ostrovsky for their assassination unit, the kidon. He turned them down.
The next time, he agreed to enter the grueling three-year training program to become a katsa, or intelligence case officer, for the legendary Israeli spy organization. By Way of Deception is the explosive chronicle of his experiences in the Mossad, and of two decades of their frightening and often ruthless covert activities around the world.
Penetrating far deeper than the bestselling Every Spy a Prince, it is an insider's account of Mossad tactics and exploits. In chilling detail, Ostrovsky asserts that the Mossad refused to share critical knowledge of a planned suicide mission in Beirut, leading to the death of hundreds of U. Marines and French troops. He tells how they tracked Yasser Arafat by recruiting his driver and bodyguard; how they withheld information on the whereabouts of American hostages, paving the way for the Iran-Contra scandal; and how their intervention into secret UN negotiations led to the sudden resignation of ambassador Andrew Young and the downfall of his career.
By Way of Deception describes the shocking scope and depth of the Mossad's influence, disclosing how Jewish communities in the U. And it portrays a network that has grown dangerously out of control, as internal squabbles have led to the escape of terrorists and the pursuit of?
This document is possibly the most important and controversial book of its kind since Spycatcher. Learned a lot about training of and the skills required to be an espionage operative.
Some of the stories need to be taken with a grain of salt. The author is a bit self-aggrandizing. Don't remember Victor Ostrovsky , Claire Hoy.
By Way of Deception, by Victor Ostrovsky and Claire Hoy
As they stepped out onto Fifth Avenue, they had reason to celebrate. For the first time in U. Only a week before, Israel had also succeeded in getting the book banned throughout Canada. But the victory would be short-lived. On Sept. Earlier, he said, he had been visited by two Mossad officials who offered him both money and then threats to get him to stop publication of the book.
What Did Mossad Know, and When?
In two businessmen, one British and one Canadian, flew to Tehran. From the airport they went to their hotel and after they settled in to their rooms, they took a taxi to a meeting with representatives of an Iranian company. When they returned to their hotel they took out a shortwave radio set and listened to a brief transmission. The two men were not really businessmen but Mossad agents under assumed identities, on a secret mission. The radio set enabled them to receive encoded transmissions from Mossad headquarters in Tel Aviv.
By Way of Deception: The Making of a Mossad Officer
The first time the Mossad came calling, they wanted Victor Ostrovsky for their assassination unit, the kidon. He turned them down. The next time, he agreed to enter the grueling three-year training program to become a katsa, or intelligence case officer, for the legendary Israeli spy organization. By Way of Deception is the explosive chronicle of his experiences in the Mossad, and of two decades of their frightening and often ruthless covert activities around the world.
A Bestseller, by Way of Deception?
Ostrovsky has stated that his name is not a pen name and that if he wanted to hide, he would not have written the book in the first place. The book starts with Ostrovsky's service in the Israeli Defense Forces. After taking psychological and other preliminary tests, he rejects a potential job as a Mossad assassin but accepts a trainee katsa position. He says that Mossad learned of the time and location of the attack in advance through its network of informants but told only general information, without the specifics, to the US. He attributes trafficking heroin as a source of raising funds for operations outside government regulation. Ostrovsky's's disillusionment grows, culminating in retirement after being scapegoated for a failed attempt at capturing top PLO officials. The second half alleges other operations between and , such as Operation Sphinx , in which Iraqi nuclear scientists were recruited while they were in France to gather information about Iraq's nuclear reactor Osiraq.