He emigrated to Israel in In , he began his work in the Mossad. In , he was selected to the Chief Branches Forum. Halevy remained in the Mossad for the next 28 years, heading three different branches throughout. Between and , under the directorship of Shabtai Shavit , he served as deputy director and as head of the headquarters branch. In , he became the Israeli ambassador to the European Union in Brussels.
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Feb 27, Ilan Sonsino rated it it was amazing Israels intelligence agency, the Mossad, is well-known as one of the most elusive, effective, and deadly secret agent organizations in the world. Many books about the Mossad have been written, but Man in the Shadows is the first one authored by one of the agencys former directors. In the book, Efraim Halevy recounts various events that took place in the Middle East from the s to and the Mossads involvement in all of them.
I enjoyed Man in the Shadows for two main reasons. First, the book is written in chronological order, almost like a timeline. This type of writing makes the book easy to read and helps the reader understand the facts and situations that caused and led to subsequent events. The chronology also helps to put occurrences in context based on the time period. Also, I liked that Man in the Shadows is written directly from the point of view of a former director of Mossad.
His firsthand, personal involvement in and perspective on the Middle East conflict makes the incredible stories in the book believable and exciting to read.
The book is actually fantastic, Halevy served in the Mossad for over 30 years, was its head for 5 years and was there to witness and negotiate on behalf of the Israeli government during the peace making period in the 90s. As such he offers Unlike many other top ranking Israeli security officials, Efraim Halevy has stayed out of Politics in his career "after life".
As such he offers some fantastic angles on Peace making, and the many too many devils that are in the details, crises points and successful points. The book was written in but even today is very relevant and some of the predictions given seem to have indeed come to life. Highly recommend you read it.
Man in the Shadows
In Man in the Shadows, Efraim Halevy—a Mossad officer since and its chief between and —provides an unprecedented portrait of the Middle East crisis. Bush, and George W. From the vantage point of a chief in charge of a large organization, he frankly describes the difficulty of running an intelligence agency in a time when heads of state are immersed, as never before, in using intelligence to protect their nations while, at the same time, acting to protect themselves politically. Most important, he writes fiercely and without hesitation about how the world might achieve peace in the face of the growing threat from Islamic terrorist organizations. He writes candidly about assessing the threat of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction in the region and beyond, and what this spells for the future of international stability and survival.
Man in the Shadows: Inside the Middle East Crisis with a Man Who Led the Mossad
This last chapter is tantalisingly short. He claimed that Israel would never have peace unless Palestinians were treated with dignity as equals. It was a failure. The only reaction to these sophisticated terrorists is an aggressive, not preventative, war against them! A clear step backwards: Halevy was born in London to an established Orthodox Jewish family. Sections openDemocracy Free thinking for the world. Halevy stressed the fact that Israel and the Western leaders must challenge the threat of militant Im and a global declaration of war.
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Feb 27, Ilan Sonsino rated it it was amazing Israels intelligence agency, the Mossad, is well-known as one of the most elusive, effective, and deadly secret agent organizations in the world. Many books about the Mossad have been written, but Man in the Shadows is the first one authored by one of the agencys former directors. In the book, Efraim Halevy recounts various events that took place in the Middle East from the s to and the Mossads involvement in all of them. I enjoyed Man in the Shadows for two main reasons.