MembersIsrael’s Forgotten Hero

“…they made me the keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept.” (Song of Solomon 1:6)

By Tsvi Sadan |
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Had Yossi Gino lived in the time of King David, his name would have been enshrined forever in the list of the Israel’s mighty heroes. But when Gino died some seven months ago at the age of 69, his youngest daughter Noa told me that not one official representative of the Israeli government attended the funeral.


But it was clear by the throngs that did attend Gino’s being laid to rest, including many of Israel’s top former security figures, that he was an exceptional man.


In a rare interview with Ha’aretz published in February 2006, one of Gino’s friends stated: “With all due respect, James Bond himself could have learned a few things from Gino.” At his funeral, former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, said that Gino had been “a living legend.”


Until his retirement in 1993, Gino served in the most clandestine...

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