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Former Mossad head Efraim Halevy opens up: Early access for ToI Community

In this week’s Behind the Headlines, our editor-in-chief David Horovitz gets candid with the spymaster, who still has a few surprises up his sleeve

Efraim Halevy is interviewed by the Times of Israel's David Horovitz, February 26, 2017. (Luke Tress/Times of Israel)
Efraim Halevy is interviewed by the Times of Israel's David Horovitz, February 26, 2017. (Luke Tress/Times of Israel)

Join The Times of Israel Community today to get a special sneak peek at former Mossad head Efraim Halevy in conversation with Times of Israel founding editor David Horovitz.

Halevy was the ninth director of Israel’s intelligence apparatus from 1998-2002, and had been serving in the organization since 1961. He played a key role in helping bring about the Israel-Jordan peace treaty in 1994.

Halevy is also the author of the 2006 book “Man in the Shadows: Inside the Middle East Crisis with a Man Who Led the Mossad,” about the secret work and global impact of the Mossad’s missions, specifically in the fight against Islamic terrorism.

The former spymaster shares about what it’s like to head one of the world’s foremost intelligence agencies as it conducts “ongoing operations at every moment of the day and night.”

While he maintains a poker face befitting a man who’s served in his position, Halevy also vouchsafes a few surprising details when discussing his past, including on why he holds the Russian intelligence agency in high regard.

Times of Israel founding editor David Horovitz, left, interviews former Mossad head Efraim Halevy for the Behind the Headlines video series, January 5, 2020. (Times of Israel)

Crucially, Halevy tells us what he views as the top threats, security challenges, and most important concerns that face Israel today. Overall, he says, it’s wise not to get complacent about the Mossad’s great abilities. “Yes, we are very good. We’re extremely good,” says Halevy. “But we’re not the only player on the playground.”

Watch Efraim Halevy being interviewed by Times of Israel founding editor David Horovitz before anyone else — and gain access to the complete library of Behind the Headlines interviews — by joining the Times of Israel Community today.

Times of Israel Community members enjoy ad-free access to the ToI website and apps, our extensive collection of webinars, podcasts, and interviews, as well as weekly insider insights from editor-in-chief Horovitz.

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