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The Mossad Commander Who Saved a Hamas Leader’s Life

A discussion with Mishka Ben David, who was one of the top commanders of the Mossad’s special ops branch.

It is feared and revered throughout the world. Its operations have been igniting the imagination of generations. Its capabilities seem endless – from wreaking havoc in a far Iranian nuclear facility, to assassinating a high-profile Hamas agent in his hotel room at the heart of Dubai (all according to foreign publications, of course).

It is far reaching, it is bold, it is legendary. It is the Israeli Mossad. Today, for the first time on the Two Nice Jewish Boys Podcast, we are going to talk to a person who was a Mossad agent. Not just an agent – he was one of the top commanders of Cesaria unit, the special ops branch of the Mossad.

In another lifetime, Mishka Ben David was a regular guy, like you and me. Born in 1952, his story is Israel’s story. He fought in Yom Kippur war and the War of Attrition, he studied literature at the University of Wisconsin – where he served as the delegate of the Zionist Histadrut. He was even working at the Matnas Company, which manages local culture centers in Israeli cities and villages. But all that changed in 1987, when he was recruited to the Mossad.

After retiring in 1999, Mishka became a writer, his novels depict thrilling spy stories that might – or might not – be based on true events.

We are super excited to have Mishka Ben David on the show today to talk about his amazing life, books and service in the Mossad.

About Two Nice Jewish Boys: The Two Nice Jewish Boys Podcast is a weekly dose of free and open conversations with the most interesting voices in Israel. Hosted by Naor Meningher and Eytan Weinstein and recorded in Tel Aviv, the Two Nice Jewish Boys Podcast covers everything from politics and history to entertainment and science.

Some of the podcast’s most prominent guests include Avi Issascharoff, creator of the award-winning Netflix series Fauda, Idan Reichal, renowned musician and producer, Michael Oren, former MK and Israel’s former ambassador to the US, Itay Anghel, one of Israel’s most respected journalists and documentary film makers, and Avner Gvaryahu, Co-Director of the Breaking the Silence organization.

Ultimately, the Two Nice Jewish Boys Podcast is here to provide a platform for free and open conversations about Israel and the Jewish world in the belief that only through free speech and open dialogue can we build a better future together.

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