The primary lubricant to the widespread involvement of Israeli agents in everybody's business, according to the authors, is the arms business, which brings billions of dollars annually to the country and those who control the intelligence operations.
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Strongly recommended for most libraries with collections in this area. Snider, Casa Grande P. Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc. Coming in the wake of the Gulf War, the Intifada, the Pollard espionage debacle, and the Bush Administration's somewhat revisionist attitude toward Israel, the authors' study is more than timely.
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Beginning with a brief, unsentimental version of Israeli history that has little in common with the establishment line, the two outline the forces, attitudes, and personalities that shaped the creation of that country and its formidable intelligence service, Mossad. From this grows the carefully crafted thesis that Mossad's most significant achievement has been the development of an enduring entente with the US via intelligence rather than conventional channels, the whole conceived by the legendary Reuven Shiloah and accepted by David Ben-Gurion.
The authors also contend that rather than avoid the use of diaspora Jews in the gathering of intelligence, Mossad has heavily and successfully relied on them, as in the case of the Pollards. The direct connection between the Lehi terrorist group, the assassination of Count Bernadotte instrumental in getting Jews out of Europe in WW II , and Shamir is explicated in detail, along with an Israeli entrepreneur's involvement in supplying Chinese ballistic missiles to Saudi Arabia.
Current Israeli cat's-paw activities on behalf of the CIA and involvement in US domestic affairs, including presidential elections, are also revealed, with somewhat less perspective. This is no thrown-together post-Gulf product, but an unflinching, fact-packed, closely reasoned exploration of our relations with our strongest ally in the Middle East.
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From Library Journal Intelligence gathering has never been the exclusive business of the Israeli intelligence community. Harpercollins; 1st edition July 1, Language: I'd like to read this book on Kindle Don't have a Kindle? Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Showing of 7 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Pack with vital information Without question, "Dangerous Liason" is the most comprehensive book summarizing U.
I have just finished the Cockburn's book and suggest it is a "must read" for anyone really interested in knowing our true relationship with Israel. An older book that shows a bit of wear, understandably, but no writing or markings in it. Maybe the story wasn't out when this book was written but there are credible allegations that the Reagan election team did a deal with the Iranians that they would supply them with arms if they did not release the hostages until a new president was in post which they did not.
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This might have had a bearing on why Reagan swept the polls and is a highly pertinent consideration when evaluating US "politics". Andrew and Leslie Cockburns book on Israels relations with the C. A is still a valuable book with regard to the reality of the Israeli States involvement in the world at large. It details a diverse range of issues from the arms deals to Iran which continued seamlessly from the Shah to the Ayatolah, Israeli involvement with the right wing dictatorships of Central America, its collaboration with apartheid era South Africa on weapons programmes nuclear and conventional , its kidnapping and murder operations overseas aswell as spying and industrial espionage in the United States.
Even for the most hardened cynic of Israeli actions based on a study of reality not prejudice will be astonished at the sheer opportunism and sickening character of Israeli actions including arms sales and training to Columbian drug cartels. The nature of the Israeli Arms industry is curtly summed up in the statement of an industry executive bemoaning the "threat of peace" and the end of the murderous wars of Central America. Other issues involve the Israelis contempt for the sovereignty of other nations - witness the ham fisted murder of a Norwegian waiter of Morrocan origins in front of his pregnant girlfriend and the abduction of the courageous Israeli whistle blower Vanunu from Italy.
There is no limit to the opportunism of the Israeli establishment, "Is it good for Israelis? De Beauvoir rejected Sartre's proposals at a time in which it was almost unheard of to spurn marriage, and instead they forged a lifelong pact of "essential love" which permitted "reciprocal liberty". Both then found teaching jobs to support their writing while they embarked on a search for meaning in what they perceived as a "godless, random and absurd world". In a classroom seething with crushes on the "incredibly dazzling" young teacher, Kosackiewicz was picked out, seduced, and presented to Sartre, who developed an obsessive desire for her.
De Beauvoir, despite the shrugging protestations in her memoirs, was consumed with jealousy. Sartre then took up with Olga's younger sister. Bohemian free love was not without its complications. The pattern was repeated later: De Beauvoir taught, seduced, and procured girls for Sartre. Sartre's fragile sexual appetite was largely fired by the chase, and he rarely condescended to sleep with his life partner, while she maintained a long-term relationship with one of Sartre's pupils, Jacques-Laurent Bost, who also consorted with De Beauvoir's girlfriends.
Later, both had serious and very long-term relationships with other people. Lovers were chased, idolised, and ultimately discarded, while the pair maintained their primary commitment, often in an atmosphere of seething rage and rivalry. They managed to ignore the signs of war while playing with their lovers until Sartre was called up. The two dumped their Jewish girlfriend Bianca Bienenfeld in , leaving her endangered, and betrayed. I carried the weight of that abandonment my entire life. The postwar myth that sprang up around the two as impassioned heroes of the Resistance was, as Seymour-Jones demonstrates, dangerously wrong.
Sartre had profited as a teacher from Vichy racial laws, and the couple "barely noticed" when Bienenfeld was forced to flee. They have been accused of collaboration, and indeed here they appear strangely cut off, callous and absorbed with themselves both during the war and in their later visits to Russia and passionate involvement with communism, Sartre elevating the notion of "the writer" as though it granted him a unique moral licence.