August 1, 2007

FINEST HOUR:

Spy recalls secret mission saving Ethiopian Jews (Dan Williams, 7/31/07, Reuters)

"The feeling is that Sudan was one of our finest hours, the enlistment of an entire defense establishment for a truly altruistic purpose," [Gad] Shimron, now 57, told Reuters in an interview promoting the English edition of "Mossad Exodus".

"We're the only Westernized country to have brought out Africans in order to liberate, rather than enslave them."

Other groups of Africans have been invited to leave their countries in emergencies, but this migration aimed to resettle the Ethiopian Jews in their ancestral homeland.

Tens of thousands moved to Israel in Brothers and other, less clandestine operations. Their community in Israel now numbers 100,000, its integration at times hampered by state bureaucracy and allegations of racist discrimination.

But when Shimron and a small Mossad team flew to Khartoum in 1981, posing as entrepreneurs from a Swiss travel firm, they had the blessing of Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin -- himself a Polish refugee from the Nazi Holocaust.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 1, 2007 4:25 PM
Comments

If the Mossad were a man, I would have married him.

Posted by: Stormy70 at August 1, 2007 6:37 PM
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