Iraqi-Born Israelis Lived Double Lives

Wednesday, May 04, 2011 |  Kerstin Braun

Operating under fictitious identities, they were to observe the attitudes of the local Arabs toward the nascent state and warn of possible terrorist attacks. There would also be an Israeli intelligence presence if the Arabs decided to join the enemy in the event of a war. Their mission lasted for 12 years and was only recently reported in the magazine Israel Defense.

Prior to their mission, the men had one year of special training at an Intelligence Corps base near Ramallah, the current “capital” of the Palestinian Authority. They learned the Palestinian dialect, studied the Koran and were given courses in espionage.

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