“Even if we provoked friendly nations, commit crimes on their soil, violate local and international laws – Israel could get away with it all because of the Holocaust”
Yossi Melman, Israeli intelligence and military affairs correspondent for Haaretz newspaper.
In this special documentary, the BBC’s Security Correspondent Gordon Corera talks to key figures from The Mossad, which was founded after the Arab-Israeli war in 1948. Their testimony is both revealing and intriguing:
“They teach you how to steal and they teach you how to kill and they teach you to do things which normal people don’t do. You follow people against their will, you open their mail against their will, you listen to them against their will. The reputation of The Mossad, no matter how high it is, doesn’t compare to how good it really is.”
The programme includes interviews with a Ephraim Halevy (former head of The Mossad and confidant of Israeli Prime Ministers Yitzhak Rabin, Benjamin Netanyahu, Ehud Barak and Ariel Sharon) as well as Rafi Eitan (leader of the team which captured the Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in the sixties).
Other former Mossad members talk about their recruitment and training as well as covert operations in the Middle East. They insist they follow a strict ethical code but others question whether their methods are in breach of international law.