Charles Grodin Returns To Interviewing: Quizzing Dan Raviv On Israeli Espionage, Middle East

In a series of interviews about Spies Against ArmageddonCharles Grodin questions the book’s co-author Dan Raviv about the history of Israeli intelligence.  In a brief way, it is Chuck Grodin’s return to interviewing.

Grodin — perhaps best known as an actor who starred in the hit movies Midnight Run (with Robert De Niro), The Heartbreak Kid (with Cybil Shepherd) and two Beethoven films (with a St Bernard dog) – had a nightly talk show on CNBC in the mid-1990s.  He is a radio commentator, the author of several best-selling books, and an activist for prison reform and other issues.


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#1.  In the first of their four chats about Israeli intelligence, Charles Grodin asked Dan Raviv whether he – and his co-author Yossi Melman – endanger Israel in any way by writing a book about the Mossad and the other Israeli security agencies. (runs 2:54)

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#2.  In the second of their four chats about Spies Against Armageddon: Inside Israel’s Secret Wars, the book’s co-author Dan Raviv and interviewer Charles Grodin turn back to the late 1970s, when Egypt’s President Anwar Sadat broke every conceivable taboo by visiting Israel and launching peace negotiations.  Dan covered the peace talks for CBS News.  This conversation underlines America’s important role in helping Israel achieve peace with Egypt and, later, with Jordan.  (runs 2:20)

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#3.  In the third of their four conversations about Israel’s security agencies, Charles Grodin asks Dan Raviv – co-author of Spies Against Armageddon – about Israel’s unacknowledged nuclear arsenal.  Why does Israel have nuclear weapons?  They discuss Israel’s intention of maintaining not only nuclear ambiguity, but also nuclear monopoly – not letting Iran or Syria develop the world’s most dangerous weapons.  (runs 3:35)

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#4.   In their fourth chat about Israeli intelligence, interviewer Charles Grodin asks Dan Raviv – co-author of Spies Against Armageddon – about the Mossad’s reaction to the massacre of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972.  Did Steven Spielberg get it wrong, in his movie, “Munich”?  Chuck Grodin also asks whether Israel totally trusts the United States, in the spirit of Barack Obama’s statement this year, “I’ve got Israel’s back!”  (runs 2:57)

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July 1, 2012

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