That part at the end is crazy.
http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/week-...emium-1.457362Israel has never admitted to the 2007 bombing of a Syrian nuclear reactor. This is the inside story of how the facility's existence was established and how it was destroyed.
The Mossad director, Meir Dagan, was on his way to a routine chat with the prime minister, on Ehud Olmert's once-a-week day in Tel Aviv. When Israel's leader had a secret talk scheduled, his office calendar showed two Hebrew letters, peh and aleph, an abbreviation for pgisha i****, "personal meeting." Usually, the term referred to conversations with the chiefs of the Mossad, Shin Bet security service, Military Intelligence and the Israel Atomic Energy Commission.
On this spring day in 2007, Dagan was intending to brief Olmert on various intelligence matters, with nothing unusual on the agenda. Halfway from the Mossad's headquarters at Glilot, near Herzliya, to the prime minister's modest, two-story office in the Kirya [defense establishment] compound, in central Tel Aviv, however, Dagan received a phone call.
His chief intelligence officer had news, but worded it cautiously. "That thing we are working on? It's certain."
Dagan immediately understood, and he told the chief analyst to rush to the Kirya to join the meeting with Olmert. The two senior Mossad men laid out for the prime minister what Israeli spy satellites - and now spies on the ground - had been able to verify was taking place in a remote part of eastern Syria, about 300 miles northeast of Damascus. The Syrians were close to completing construction of a nuclear reactor.
This article first appeared, in somewhat different form, in the book "Spies Against Armageddon: Inside Israel's Secret Wars," by Dan Raviv and Yossi Melman, published recently by Levant Books.
That part at the end is crazy.
The world needs to thank Israel again. Stopped Saddam Hussein from getting nukes before Gulf War 1, now it stopped Assad before his regime faces potential collapse with Islamists running around everywhere.
I agree.... the ONLY Democracy in the Middle East. Great people, culture, girls and just plain great country
Btw i loved this part.
Dagan had his agency turn to the CIA and other friendly liaison links to ask whether they were aware of any nuclear contacts between North Korea and Syria. They all knew about missile sales and cooperation between Damascus and Pyongyang. Yet, neither the Americans nor the French (the latter having relatively good coverage of Syria due to their colonial past there ) knew a thing about nuclear links..Israeli intelligence realized that it would have to rely on itself. That was a commonly held view in Israel on many topics, even when international cooperation seemed to be available
It good on the outside but when you live there it's a different story.
1. You will be never be considered an equal compared to a local emirati. The laws and justice will always be against you. You can never get a local citizenship.
2. You cannot even open your own business. You will have to have a local shiekh as your partner by law. In many cases the shiekh may take all your money and there is nothing you can do. It had happened to my cousin and my uncle.
3. There is an open wage discrimination based on your Nationality. The locals treat you differently based on your passport.
One public example :http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...uit-burka.html
The list can go on and on..
And i would take Israeli liberal society anyday over UAE's.
I remember that period very well as I was days away from finishing advanced training when all of a sudden, and without previous notice, they had us wrap up training in the Negev and deployed us on the northern border earlier than planned.
No one seemed to know anything as to why, including our officers, but most of us felt the electricity in the air and we had a sense that something substantial had happened.
I'd take it all with a grain of salt, especially the sniper carrying missile ship, hundreds of meters away from the Syrian coast.