Kept Very Secret in Israel: ‘Prisoner X’ Now Identified as an Australian who Moved to Israel, Joined Mossad, Was Imprisoned, Killed Himself

By DAN RAVIV in New York

The media outside Israel can repeat what Australia’s ABC TV is reporting: that an Australian Jew who moved to Israel — “made aliyah” — at age 24 went on to join the Mossad as a secret operative … and met an unhappy end a decade later.


The ‘Mossad suicide’: Identified by Australia’s ABC (photo from its program Foreign Correspondent) as Ben Alon a.k.a. Ben Allen, originally Ben Zygier of Melbourne.

Australian ABC’s reporter carefully tiptoed around Israeli censorship and a gag order issued by a judge — even reporting on the gag order, which Israel’s newspapers and broadcast media are banned from doing.  It makes for interesting reading and viewing:

The full half-hour Australian program is here:

Our book, Spies Against Armageddon: Inside Israel’s Secret Wars, reports on other occasions when Israel “disappeared” an enemy or even an Israeli considered to be  a renegade. Despite being a democratic country, a nation of laws?  Many people ask.  Israelis who have spoken about this kind of action in the past — if they are connected with the security apparatus of the country — say that if someone is tried in secret and jailed in secret, those steps are approved by a judge and by a senior government official.

Still, on the rare occasions that details do emerge, it is highly controversial.  And it’s apparently not good for Israel’s image.

Except for this: Security and intelligence officials in many countries, when speaking about Israel’s Shin Bet (domestic security service) and Mossad (the foreign espionage agency), say: Don’t mess with the Israelis.


February 12, 2013

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