by: Ilse Strauss
Wednesday, 10 July 2019 | Say the word “Mossad” and mental images of daring, heroism and bravery come to mind. Israel’s formidable intelligence service is, after all, synonymous with seemingly impossible missions, shake-your-head-in-wonder exploits and off the charts bravery—all conducted covertly to secure the safety of the Jewish state and its people.
Israelis are, however, not the only ones who owe a debt of gratitude to the Jewish state’s clandestine intelligence services. According to Israel’s Channel 12 news, the Mossad and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Intelligence branch have thwarted a whopping 50 terror attacks in 12 countries over the past three years by passing on crucial information regarding operatives, targets, dates and prospective hits to local authorities, doubtlessly saving countless lives. The architects behind the majority of plans to sow death and destruction are the Islamic State and the world’s foremost sponsor of terror, Iran, the report said.
Twelve of the foiled attacks targeted Turkey, a country where relations with Israel is at best coldly unfriendly and at worst openly hostile. One of Israel’s fiercest and most outspoken critics, Turkish President Recep Erdoğan embraces every opportunity to blast the Jewish state and often takes to social media to lambast Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Despite the blatant animosity, Israel faithfully passed on the intelligence Turkey needed to thwart no less than a dozen attacks on its soil—even during times when diplomatic relations between Jerusalem and Ankara were nonexistent.
The report echoes a statement by Netanyahu in June when the prime minister told the audience of a cyber security convention that Israeli cyber-intelligence helped foil “major” terror attacks in “dozens” of countries, including Australia, the Times of Israel reported.
Also in June, the Mossad was credited with preventing a 2015 Iran-orchestrated Hezbollah terror attack in London, when Israel’s intelligence service passed information to its British peers to help foil the attack and apprehend the perpetrators, the Times of Israel said.
Perhaps Knesset (Parliament) Speaker Yuli Edelstein summed up the situation best in a tweet yesterday in response to the Channel 12 report: “It appears that not only the citizens of Israel owe thanks to the Mossad.”
Posted on July 10, 2019
Source: (Bridges for Peace, July 10, 2019)
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