David Horovitz is the founding editor of The Times of Israel. He is the author of "Still Life with Bombers" (2004) and "A Little Too Close to God" (2000), and co-author of "Shalom Friend: The Life and Legacy of Yitzhak Rabin" (1996). He previously edited The Jerusalem Post (2004-2011) and The Jerusalem Report (1998-2004).
Efraim Halevy (Yossi Zamir/Flash 90)
What was Russian intelligence up to in the run-up to the US elections? Is Moscow going to be trying to influence other forthcoming elections in Europe? And have Western intelligence services been playing similar games over the years?
How much has clandestine intelligence work impacted the modern Middle East? Did it play a central role in the establishment and survival of the State of Israel? And how has the “toolbox” of the intelligence services evolved in recent years?
These are some of the questions I’ll be asking Efraim Halevy next Sunday, February 26, at the second in our new series of “The Times of Israel Presents” cultural events in English in Jerusalem. (The first was last week’s sold-out performance of hip-hop opera “The City.”)
And as a career Israeli intelligence operative who ultimately became the ninth director of the Mossad, few are better qualified than Halevy to provide the answers.
A decade ago, Halevy published a memoir entitled “Man in the Shadows” in which he broke, albeit cautiously, a lifetime’s habit of secrecy.
Ten years later, In an uncertain world made still less predictable by the election of US President Donald Trump, it will be my task — and yours — to see how much further Halevy will venture out of the shadows; he’s told me he’s fine with the audience asking questions… although he can’t promise that he’ll answer them.