THE SILENT WARRIORS by Joshua Tadmor

THE SILENT WARRIORS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A skimpy survey of Israeli espionage over the past twenty years, this account pits various Stars of David against the rather dimwitted personnel fielded by the Arab Goliath. Briefly detailed are: the glamorous career of Yolande, who seduced her way into the high councils of the Arab League; the adventures of a team of saboteurs who sank an arms-carrying vessel bound for Syria while it was holed up in an Italian port; the exploits of Elie Cohen, Israel's masterspy, who, by passing himself off as a rich Syrian Baathist, obtained vital information on Soviet MIG shipments and on the plot to divert the sources of the Jordan. Also revealed: the unmasking by Israeli counterintelligence of some of the other side's incautious agents, including a Coptic priest and an American girl intent on proving herself to her Arab fiance. But nothing (perhaps it's too soon) on the spy missions which underlay Israel's swift success in the Six Day War; and nothing on the scope of intelligence operations outside the Arab world. Since the good guys described here get the goods rather easily, and the bad guys are quite readily deceived, the whole has the aspect of foregone conclusions. Which may be true, and also patriotic (the author is an Israeli journalist) but renders these tales less gripping than they might be.

Pub Date: Aug. 4th, 1969
Publisher: Macmillan