The real Mossad mystery
Few doubt that the spy agency was behind the assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai. But the negative repercussions of the killing for Israel are still emerging.
April 11, 2010 7:57 by Orly Halpern
The promotion read: “You have an opportunity to create a reality in which you play the lead role. If you possess intelligence and sophistication you can make a difference and fulfill a national and personal mission. If you can engage, charm and influence people – you may have the qualities we are looking for.”
According to the job advertisement on the Mossad’s website, the ideal candidate must have: an academic degree, diverse life experience, excellent inter-personal skills, flexible and creative thinking, curiosity, the ability to work individually and in a team, and an excellent command of a second language. Those with a background abroad would be given preference. A willingness to leave for a mission abroad, right after the training period, is also a prerequisite.
Numerous Israelis have gone to the website to apply, excited by the opportunity to do the type of work that the Tamim team exposed.
“It’s obvious why – it’s exciting, dangerous, and special,” one young Israeli told the daily Yediot Aharonot. “Nobody really knows what people do there, and now I suddenly understand how it works – it’s cool.”
Mabhouh was killed and no one was caught. From their point of view and that of many other Israelis, the assassination was a big success. But was it?
The Mossad, like any spy organization worth its salt, aims to stay under the radar. But Tamim exposed the agents’ faces, how they traveled on fake passports using names of many Israeli citizens, how they disguised themselves (or tried), how they followed Mabhouh, and how they murdered him.
In Israeli slang (borrowing from Arabic) this would be commonly referred to as a fadihah – a humiliating mistake.