Fact and fiction in Israel's fight behind enemy lines

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 11, 2012

When trying to make sense of some of the recent reports to come out on secret Israeli missions and plans for attacks on Iran, it is useful to simply open an atlas.

Take, for instance, the "news" on Israeli operations from the Kurd regions in northern Iraq, which appeared in the Sunday Times last month. This is the same report that has been recycled for the past nine years - but how true is it?


Atlanta paper owner quits after assassination column

By Jennifer Lipman, January 24, 2012

The owner of a Georgia Jewish newspaper has stepped down after public condemnation of a recent column.


Jewish writer criticised for Israel presidential assassination column

By Jennifer Lipman, January 23, 2012

A Jewish newspaper owner in Atlanta has issued an apology after he wrote a piece suggesting that Israel should consider assassinating a US president to ensure its own security.


Banker convicted for stalking former lover

By Jennifer Lipman, December 6, 2011

An employee of JP Morgan pretended to be a Mossad agent as part of a ploy to win back his former girlfriend and colleague.

The year-long affair between US bankers Daniela Rausnitz and David Gray, who was married at the time, came to a head yesterday at West London Magistrates' court. Mr Gray, 28, was convicted of harassing her after the couple broke up.


Mossad hunt for Eichmann to be made into film

By Jennifer Lipman, November 2, 2011

The story of the hunt for Nazi war criminal and fugitive Adolf Eichmann is to be made into a film.

Jewish filmmaker Brett Ratner is set to direct the thriller Hunting Eichmann, which will follow the Israeli agents who successfully captured the Nazi while he was hiding in Argentina.


Deal to free US student held as Egyptian 'spy'

By Jennifer Lipman, October 25, 2011

A US student being held as an Israeli spy in Egypt is expected to walk free in the coming days after Israel agreed to a prisoner swap.


Arabs offer to join Mossad

By Nathan Jeffay, September 27, 2011

The Arab Spring has brought Israel a flurry of complimentary correspondence from across the Middle East, according to its Foreign Ministry.

The ministry, which is controlled by Yisrael Beiteinu - often described as an anti-Arab party - is keen to sway opinion towards Israel in the Arab world, and runs a website, as well as Facebook and Twitter accounts, in Arabic.

Since the Arab Spring began


Helen Mirren stars in 'The Debt'

By Jennifer Lipman, September 1, 2011
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Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman wrote the screenplay for The Debt, a film about a former Mossad agent whose Nazi-hunting past catches up on her. Starring Helen Mirren and Sam Worthington, it is directed by Shakespeare in Love director John Madden.


Israeli backpacker in Christchurch quake accused of being spy

By Dan Goldberg, July 20, 2011

The Jewish community in New Zealand has reacted angrily to explosive allegations that Israeli backpackers caught in the massive earthquake earlier this year may have been involved in espionage.

The allegations were broken by the Southland Times newspaper on Wednesday, drawing an irate response from Israel's ambassador to New Zealand, Shemi Tzur, who blasted it as "science fiction".


Mossad vulture free to fly away

By Jennifer Lipman, January 10, 2011

A vulture captured by Saudi Arabian authorities on suspicion it was a Mossad spy is to be returned to the wild.

The bird, detained last week, was equipped with a GPS transmitter because it was part of an environmental research project.

Prince Bandar bin Saud Al Saud, the head of the Saudi wildlife agency, told local media that tests had proved that the bird had been incorrectly identified as a delegate of Israel’s intelligence agency.

He said: “The system tied to its feet is traceable by satellites to know birds’ emigration movements and how they feed.