"Reads more like a thriller than a history book....Posner is a fair, unbiased writer. His book is highly readable, accessible to someone without intimate background knowledge...useful in its bringing together pieces of an intriguing puzzle of spies, warfare, and diplomacy."—Kirkus Reviews
Israel Undercover focuses on the execution of paramilitary counterterrorist operations against Palestinian guerrillas and the behind-the-scenes negotiations carried out among Arab statesmen, Israeli leaders, and American officials.
Intelligence agencies like the CIA and the KGB are often viewed as tools for carrying out “dirty tricks,” covert operations that lead to government coups, illegal bombings, political killings, and “Iranscam.” In the Middle East, undercover operatives are frequently called upon to serve a dual purpose: to wage clandestine warfare behind enemy lines and to help public officials carry out secret diplomatic moves that would be impossible if carried out under the glare of the world press.
This book successfully portrays the cold objectivity that governs the life-and-death foreign policy of a country like Israel-the need to view friend and foe alike with resolute realism.
The book is divided into four sections: (1) “Inside Beirut” describes Israel’s use of its intelligence network in Lebanon during the 1970s to conduct military reprisals and its impact on the Israeli-Egyptian peace process; (2) “Across the River Jordan” examines the decades-old secret relationship between Israeli leaders and Jordan’s King Hussein; (3) “American Dreams” reveals the quiet alliance between the Christian Phalangist militia and Washington’s back-door channel to the PLO; and (4) “The Mysterious Middle East” provides a glimpse of the region’s special mix of conspiracy and animosity.
In order to provide a historical setting and a political context for the events described in the book, material is included from widely published sources, integrated with information gathered from private informants, some of whom have chosen to remain anonymous.
Steve Posner was a published author and screenwriter. He taught writing at the University of Southern California.