THE COCK-UP

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THE MOS­SAD’s most spec­tac­u­lar fail­ure has been a mis­sion car­ried out in Amman, Jor­dan, in Septem­ber 1997. Two Mos­sad agents dis­guised as Cana­dian tourists tried to kill Ha­mas leader Khaled Me­shaal with a lethal nerve toxin which soaks through the skin.

The at­tack failed and Me­shaal’s body­guards were able to chase down the agents and hand them over to the Jor­da­nian po­lice.

Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu was then forced to ad­mit to the deed to get his agents back safely.

He flew to Amman and apol­o­gised be­fore the brother of King Hus­sein – as the king did not want to meet with him in per­son.

Af­ter dif­fi­cult ne­go­ti­a­tions, Is­rael handed over the an­ti­dote to the nerve agent that had been ad­min­is­tered to Me­shaal as well as the chem­i­cal make-up of the opi­ate, which had al­legedly been used in pre­vi­ous op­er­a­tions.

In ad­di­tion, Is­rael was also forced to re­lease from cus­tody Ha­mas founder Sheikh Ahmed Yassin and dozens of other Pales­tini­ans and Jor­da­ni­ans.

In the end, an of­fi­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­cluded that The Mos­sad had been “fix­ated on high risk op­er­a­tions”.

The botched at­tack was a blem­ish on The Mos­sad’s rep­u­ta­tion. But it just made them more care­ful in their killings in the fu­ture.

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