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Israeli Intelligence and Security

Israeli Intelligence and Security

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CIA assessment of Israeli intelligence
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CIA Assessment of Israeli Intelligence
 Former MOSSAD chief Isser Harel accepted the authenticity of thislittle known CIA assessment, which came into the public domain following the sack of the American embassy in Iran in 1979, stating:"The report is one-sided and malicious, it ignores Israel's special  position in its struggle for survival" [1982] I have omitted thenames and bio-sketches of the several top players from the original because it included information on their families. Many aspects of this assessment remain relevant to Israeli intelligence in today’s world where the ‘Cold War’ has merely beensupplanted by the ‘War on Terror.’ When the leaders of Israel, theUSA, Britain and France, particularly, are able to disentangle from foreign policy the crime, corruption, profiteering in the arms tradeand attending ‘regime change’ with its murder & manipulatinginnocents throughout the world on a chess board of corporatecolonialism, and not before, only then will the MOSSAD, CIA, MI6 & the Directorate-General for External Security have achieved alegitimate position & purpose
Israeli Intelligence and Security  A. General
Israel's principal intelligence and security authority is the
Va'adat Rashei Hasherlim
(the Committee of the Heads of the Services), generally know as the Va'adat. It coordinatesthe operations and activities of its members.
 Mossad  Letafkidim Meyouchadim
(the Secret Intelligence Service) orMossad, its common name, has the primary responsibility for foreign operations and is subordinate to the PrimeMinister.
 Sherut Bitachon Kiali 
(Counterespionage andInternal Security), popularly known as Shin Beth, isresponsible for security and is directly subordinate to thePrime Minister.
 Agaf Modiin
(Military Intelligence) has themain responsiblity for strategic militrary intelligence and
communications intelligence and is under the command of the Chief of Staff of the Israeli Defense Forces. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs provides support in research and politicalplanning to the Israel intelligence community. The Ministry of Interior assists the National Police with policeinvestigations and the maintenance of border security.
1. Background and development of services
In 1948, when the British Mandate ended, the Jewishpopulation of Palestine established the State of Israel. Among the agencies of government to emerge was theintelligence and security unit known as the InformationService (
 Sherut Yedioth
— popularly known as Shay). Thisorganization, which was the intelligence arm of the Zionists'underground resistance force, the Haganah, during the yearsof the British Mandate, had begun to engage in operations ona worldwide scale with the founding of the Jewish Agency in1929 at the Zionist Congress in Zurich, Switzerland. At thattime, the Jewish Agency was composed of both Zionists andnon-Zionists, including a strong American participation. TheJewish Agency, which was created to aid and supportdistressed Jews and to sustain the Palestine Jewishcommunity, has been effectively under Zionist control overthe years. It has also served as a cover for Shay, whichextended its covert operations into Western Europe and theUnited States.From 1923 to 1948, Shay's objectives were to promote theestablishment of an independent State of Israel; infiltrateMandatory installations in order to apprise Zionistleadership of British attitudes and proposed actions; collectpolitical intelligence that could be used in Zionistpropaganda; penetrate Arab and anti-Zionist factions inPalestine and peripheral nations; monitor and control all
extremist groups — left and right — among Jewishcommunities in Palestine and abroad; provide security forthe arms smuggling and illegal immigration programs of theHaganah; and finally collect information on Nazi Germany toguarantee the security of the Jewish underground and escapechannels throughout Europe before, during, and after World War II.Shay consisted of the following components: PoliticalIntelligence (
 Machlakit Medinit 
); Counterespionage andInternal Security (
 Sherut Bitachon Klali 
); Military Intelligence (
 Sherut Modiin
); Police Branch of Military Intelligence (
 Sherut Modiin Shel MateArtzi 
); and NavalIntelligence and Security (
 Sherut Modiin ve Betachon Kohoi  Ha Yam
). These services worked independently on behalf of the different ministries to which they were individually responsible. This intelligence and security community wascompetitive and frequently acted on its own, a product of thegeneral postwar chaos which required the accomplishmentof many urgent tasks wherever and whenever they mightarise. In some of the West European capitals all services were represented and competed for the same agents andsources.By April 1951, the Prime Minister and cabinet, seriously alarmed by the atmosphere of mutual jealousy and mistrustprevalent among the services at the increasing cost of theiruncoordinated efforts in the field, decided to reorganizecompletely the basic structure of Israel's intelligence andsecurity community. The dynamic force behind the plan wasthe late Reuven Shiloah, who reorganized the servicesaccording to functions and responsibilities and established amechanism to coordinate their activities. Shiloah waschairman of this authority, the Committee of the Heads of Services (
Va'adat Rashei Hasheruiim
, called Va'adat). He

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