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  • As’Ad AbuKhalil on Mossad: Might or Myth?

    As’Ad AbuKhalil on Mossad: Might or Myth?

    March 24, 2010

    The assassination of Mahmoud Mabhouh, a Hamas commander, in Dubai is a watershed moment in the long history of the Mossad. Israeli officials who ordered the assassination did something that Zionists have always done - underestimate their Arab opponents. In his first impressions of Arabs, David Ben-Gurion, the first Israeli prime minister, compared them to children. Ahad Ha'Am, an essayist considered to be the father of cultural Zionism, described the merciless beatings that Arabs were subjected to for no reason by Zionist settlers - the pioneers of the movement - in the late 19th century. Other Zionists have compared the Arabs of Palestine to animals. All this prejudice would in the 1960s and 1970s benefit the rise of sophisticated Lebanese and Palestinian resistance movements which would plan operations keeping in mind that the Israelis would likely underestimate their chances of success. — As'Ad AbuKhalil, author of The Battle for Saudi Arabia, on Mossad and the perceived power of Israeli intelligence operations vs. the reality

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