Tar­get: PLO lead­ers x 3 Lo­ca­tion: Beirut, Le­banon Date: 28/04/1978

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IT’S hard to imag­ine posh boy David Cameron tot­ter­ing around in drag while slot­ting ter­ror­ists with a sub-ma­chine gun. But that’s what former Is­raeli pres­i­dent Ehud Barak did dur­ing his time in Mos­sad.

This was a nutty op­er­a­tion, called Spring of Youth, with the aim of as­sas­si­nat­ing three se­nior PLO ter­ror­ists linked to the Mu­nich mas­sacre at the 1972 Olympics.

Mos­sad had tracked them down to a beach-side apart­ment in Beirut. The elite fight­ers were dropped off via the sea in Zo­diac boats and half of them then donned high-heels, wigs and dresses.

The fight­ers then split into pairs and pre­tended to be young lovers.

For weeks, the Mos­sad tough-guys had re­hearsed play­ing the part of loved-up ladies – prac­tis­ing hold­ing hands and kiss­ing.

But it worked, none of the PLO guards spot­ted what was about to hap­pen.

A bomb planted in the en­trance to the apart­ment was trig­gered to be­gin the as­sault. The ‘ ladies’ whipped out sub-ma­chine guns from un­der­neath their skirts and charged the build­ing, smash­ing their way into the ter­ror­ists’ flats and gun­ning them down.

They were met with mas­sive re­sis­tance from PLO guards and Le­banese po­lice – and af­ter a 30-minute bat­tle around 90 PLO fight­ers were ei­ther wounded or dead. Just two of the 24 Mos­sad agents died as they es­caped back to the beach and sped off on boats.

Af­ter slip­ping into some­thing less com­fort­able, Barack went on to be­come Is­raeli prime min­is­ter and still serves as the Min­is­ter of De­fence.

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