Mr. Shimron, 57 joined the Mossad during his student days in Jerusalem. Later he worked as a journalist for Kol Israel, the state-run radio, anchored Good Morning Israel on TV Channel 1 and is currently senior editor and defense commentator for the Tel Aviv-based Maariv daily. This is his seventh book. First published in Hebrew in 1998, this updated English version of the book offers a thrilling firsthand account of how the operation was put in place, and how the Mossad team in Sudan brought it off, despite great personal risk, running a partying vacation spot for wealthy tourists by day as they stole through the Sudanese desert to rescue desperate refugees by night. The book sheds light on American involvement in the latter stages of the operation, when the White House facilitated an airlift of Ethiopian Jews and the CIA station in Khartoum sheltered the last Mossad operatives, on the run from Libyan secret service agents, and spirited them out of Sudan in special boxes labeled Diplomatic Mail. Enhanced by Gad Shimron s wide-ranging historical observations and his crisp, incisive prose, this is at once an entertaining read and a powerful tale of idealistic heroism.
This superb collection of articles from the incomparable Sarah Honig is called Debunking the Bull, and what a delightful debunking it is. But it s more than that. It is a work of passion and erudition, of insight and observation, of clarity and punch. You will pick it up and find yourself reading just one more column, and then another, and then another. And when youve read it cover to cover, probably in one long sitting, and given it to your spouse to read, and purchased additional copies for your children and your relatives then you will realize that you have been in the hands of a polemicist without equal in Israel or the world. --Bret Stephens, Foreign Affairs Columnist, The Wall Street Journal, former Editor in Chief of the Jerusalem Post.