Apr 27, We meet in late March, in London, where Halevy is promoting his first book, Man in the Shadows. In a quietly classy, old-fashioned hotel. Efraim Halevy is a lawyer and an Israeli intelligence expert. He was the ninth director of In he published the book Man in the Shadows, covering Middle Eastern history since the late s. Halevy was interviewed about his book on. Efraim Halevy, the former head of the Mossad (), who was born in London in , dedicated forty years of his life to that organization. Halevy defined.

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And a few days after I interviewed Halevy, a senior Israeli official told me, off the record: In practice, however, Israel has reciprocated: All the same, he looks away from me for most of our conversation. He sbadows that Binyamin Netanyahu usually accepted the Mossad’s policies.

The settlers were not there on their own, but were encouraged by the government.

Efraim Halevy steps out of the shadows

This has less to do with absolutes like “angels” and “devils” than with the realist’s adage, “the enemy of my enemy is my friend. Halevy also has an intimate knowledge of the complexity and diversity of political Islam, and sees Hamas not only as distinct from al-Qaida, but as a force that might counter the more radical Islamist revolutionaries sadows ultimately contribute to their defeat. Halevy has avoided the path to politics taken by other former intelligence chiefs, preferring an academic career which has allowed him the freedom to speak his mind about the major issues he has spent a lifetime not only studying, but helping to shape.

At the end of this book, Halevy provided the reader with the best chapter dealing with Muslim terrorism.

Efraim Halevy steps out of the shadows | The Times of Israel

This is a war! InHalevy became chairman of the Shorashim program, a program that helps immigrants to Israel from the former Soviet Union verify their Jewish ancestry. You cannot sit at the table if you have efrajm table manners.


Each Mossad agent or staff member views the other as a relative. Announced in earlythe agreement to stop fighting is strictly unilateral. Sharon then became the driving force behind withdrawing from Gaza, to the rage of the settler movement that he’d spent much of erraim life encouraging.

Might elected officials speak in the same way, publicly, about the potential for engaging with Hamas? Instead of pouring scorn upon the settlers, those people who encouraged them should go to the settlements and hold dialogues. Inhe was selected to the Chief Branches Forum. Halevy was often called upon to undertake sensitive diplomatic missions because of his unique understanding shados the region, and of the role sbadows an intelligence officer could play in an arena where his country was surrounded by enemies.

Palestinian prospects ” January View the discussion thread. Hamas would be unable to exercise authority as a government and the Palestinian Authority could collapse.

– Efraim Halevy: Man in the Shadows

But as Halevy says, it’s always worth thinking the unthinkable, “for it is usually the unthinkable that ends up happening”. Halevy traveled to Amman and met with the Jordanians and managed to solve the conflict, which shocked the King. On January 27, an interview of his was published in Portugal, in which he stated “We are in the midst of a Third World War” with radical Islam, and predicted that it will shadowd at least 25 years tye the West to win.

In he published the book Man in the Shadows[5] covering Middle Eastern history since the late s. The special relationship he developed with King Hussein of Jordan made it possible for Halevy to open Jordan to the awareness that only a peace agreement with Israel would extricate the Hashemite kingdom from the crisis after the Gulf War.

Peace will elude us until we treat Palestinians with dignity”. He points out that there were cases, or Mossad’s policies, which were challenged by the Israeli political establishment.

Efraim Halevy: Man in the Shadows

Where al-Qaida is concerned, “the only solution is total destruction”, he believes. Retrieved from ” https: But does Hamas really refuse to recognise world order, or does it just refuse to recognise Israel, while wanting to become part of the international system of sovereign states? It was a failure. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Rather than being a problem, we should strive to make them part of the solution.


Halevy stressed the fact that Israel and the Halev leaders must challenge the threat of militant Muslim and a global declaration of war. Indeed, he recommends that governments push counterterrorism legislation through shadowss legislatures in the two to three months following any terrorist attack, when the public will be more “attuned” to it.

Inhe began his work in the Mossad. Certainly, Palestinians would understand that Hamas was responsible for that. He wrote, for example: He argues that power may change Hamas because Hamas has something to lose. Despite Halevy’s support for withdrawing from Gaza, he opposes unilateralism, contending that “in the eyes of the Palestinians, the Gaza withdrawal was a direct result mxn armed struggle and a victory for Hamas.

It has its own welfare state.

He is very polite, sometimes self-deprecating, and incredibly apologetic about being a few minutes late. Halevy has written extensively on Israel’s relationship with the United States, generally taking a moderate, pragmatic view of the Washington-Jerusalem alliance. Hamas’ goal is to destroy territory, meaning Israel. But to understand his point of view, it’s perhaps worth bearing in mind that the night before we spoke, a PFLP militant, disguised as an Orthodox Jewish hitchhiker, killed himself and four Israelis in the West Bank.

New firearms regulations and police use of lethal force in Argentina. Times of Israel readers will have a chance to hear him for themselves when he is interviewed live on stage in Jerusalem by founding editor David Horovitz on February He was critical of Benjamin Netanyahu and Naftali Bennett and their policies, especially regarding Jerusalem.