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.


Hall of Infamy: Press TV

January 5, 2011

"The fresh plot by terrorists to target churches is an organised Zionist scenario aimed at creating a rift between Muslims and Christians…

"Following its intelligence and security failures in Egypt and the apprehension of a number of Mossad agents by Egyptian intelligence apparatus, the Zionist regime of Israel is set to exact vengeance on the Egyptian nation…

"Suicide attacks on churches in Egypt and the killing of Christians are part of the psychological warfare launched by the US, the UK and Israel to divide Christians and Muslims."


Hall of Fame: Tim Marshall

January 5, 2011

"Mossad vultures so stupid they forgot to take off their Tel Aviv ankle bracelets?

"To believe that, you have to believe that the Head of Mossad is not Tamir Pardo but in fact is...Dr Ben Doolittle."


Israel: Mossad vulture part of academic study

By Jennifer Lipman, January 4, 2011

Israeli authorities have said that a bird captured by Saudi Arabia on suspicion of being a Mossad spy is part of an academic study.

Less than a month after the governor of South Sinai accused the Israeli intelligence organisation of orchestrating a fatal shark attack in the Egyptian resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh, Saudi officials have seized a vulture equipped with a GPS chip.

According to reports in the Israeli media the bird was discovered after it flew into Saudi territory, at which point concerned residents alerted security officials.


Dagan's deputy named new Mossad director

By Jennifer Lipman, November 30, 2010

The former deputy to Mossad director Meir Dagan has been named as his successor.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu named Tamir Pardo as the new chief of Israel’s intelligence service, despite speculation that he would look outside the organisation and choose the head of Israel’s domestic intelligence service, Shin Bet.

Mr Pardo has worked in the organisation for much of his career. He resigned as Mr Dagan’s deputy last year amid claims of disagreements.


Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal's Mossad past

By Jennifer Lipman, September 2, 2010

Revelations that Simon Wiesenthal once worked for Mossad suggest that Israel did more to catch war criminals than was previously believed, according to one of the late Nazi-hunter’s associates.

In a book released this week, Israeli historian Tom Segev claimed that in the 1960s Mr Wiesenthal gave the intelligence agency details of Nazis working on Egypt's rocket programme .

Mr Segev also alleged that in 1948 Mr Wiesenthal was involved in Mossad’s efforts to capture Adolf Eichmann.