Three Deadly Operations of Mossad That Makes Them One Of The Best

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F-16 that bombed Iraqi nuclear reactor

Mossad is known for it’s ruthless and fearless way of operations and they have earned that respect not by blog post post or campaigning but by the brave deeds they have done to preserve their race, their culture and their people. Here is the list of top 3 most unexpected and courageous acts of one of the premier intelligence agency of the world, Mossad.

Operation Wrath Of God

Operaiton Wrath of God also known as Operation bayonet was the counter attack of Israeli intelligence agency Mossad to avenge the attack on their athletes in Munich 1972.

Palestine Terrorist during Israel olympics

Mossad assassinated individuals suspected of being involved in the 1972 Munich massacre in which 11 members of the Israeli Olympic team were killed. The targets were members of the Palestinian armed militant group Black September and Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) operatives. The operation was authorized by Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir in the autumn of 1972, the operation is believed to have continued for over twenty years.

Operation Wrath of God
Operation Wrath of God

Michael Harari led the creation and direction of the teams, although some may not have always been under government responsibility. Author Simon Reeve explains that the Mossad team – whose squad names are letters of the Hebrew alphabet – consisted of:

 ”fifteen people divided into five squads: “Aleph”, two trained killers; “Bet”, two guards who would shadow the Alephs; “Het”, two agents who would establish cover for the rest of the team by renting hotel rooms, apartments, cars, and so on; “Ayin”, comprising between six and eight agents who formed the backbone of the operation, shadowing targets and establishing an escape route for the Aleph and Bet squads; and “Qoph”, two agents specializing in communications.”

Operation Wrath of God
Operation Wrath of God

The Mossad proved that they are good in covert operations and secret assassinations after that operation and you have to stay deterrent to stay strong and protected.

Operational Entebbe

On June 27, 1976, an Air France flight carrying 248 people was hijacked and flown to Entebbe Airport in Uganda by members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and German terrorist organization Revolutionary Cells. The hijackers were aided by pro-Palestinian Ugandan forces, who allowed at least a further four hijackers to join the group. Although 148 non-Jewish hostages were released over the next few days, over 100 Jewish and Israeli prisoners, as well as the pilot, remained in the terrorists’ clutches.

The militants demanded the release of 53 prisoners who were being held in Israel and other countries. They gave a deadline of July 1, after which, they warned, they would start killing the hostages. The Israeli government managed to extend the deadline by announcing that they would be entering into negotiations – whilst secretly planning a dangerous raid to rescue the hostages.

A task force of around 100 Israeli commandos was dispatched to Entebbe Airport in transport aircraft. Driving a black Mercedes that resembled Ugandan president Idi Amin’s car and Land Rovers like those in Amin’s entourage, the commandos managed to get through the airport checkpoint with minimal incident.

The car which looks like Ugandian leader to fool Ugadian troops
The car which looks like Ugandian leader to fool Ugadian troops

They then stormed into the airport terminal, successfully rescuing all but three hostages, killing all the terrorists, and destroying 30 fighter planes belonging to the Ugandan Air Force.

RESCUED AIR FRANCE PASSENGERS WAVING TO THE WAITING CROWD, LEAVING THE BELLY OF HERCULES PLANE AT BEN GURION AIRPORT.
RESCUED AIR FRANCE PASSENGERS WAVING TO THE WAITING CROWD, LEAVING THE BELLY OF HERCULES PLANE AT BEN GURION AIRPORT.

The commander of the assault team, Lt. Col. Yonatan Netanyahu, was the only Israeli fatality during the operation. International opinion was split, with the Arabic and communist world seeing the raid as an example of international aggression, whereas Western countries hailed it “an act of self defense.”

Iseali Caustualty in Operation Entebbe
Iseali Caustualty in Operation Entebbe

Operation Opera

The attack, codenamed “Operation Opera,” surprised the Iraqis and the rest of the world, though for Israel it had long been in planning. It was only after the failures on the diplomatic front, and the consultation of military and intelligence experts with Prime Minister Menachem Begin’s cabinet, that Israel chose to go ahead with the attack on the Iraqi reactor.

Iraq established its nuclear program in the 1960s, but was unable to make significant progress on it until the late 1970s. In the 1970s, Iraq attempted to purchase a plutonium production reactor from France. Iraq also wanted to purchase a reprocessing reactor. France denied these requests but, instead, agreed to build a research reactor and research laboratories. With French support, Iraq began construction of a 40-megawatt light-water nuclear reactor at the Al Tuwaitha Nuclear Center. The type of reactor was named Osiris, after the Egyptian god of the dead. The French renamed the reactor they were providing to Iraq the Osiraq, to include the name of Iraq in the title. The Iraqis called it “Tammuz” after the month in the Arabic calendar that the Baath party came to power in 1968.

During the Iran-Iraq war, on September 30, 1980, a pair of Iranian Phantom jets, part of a group of aircraft that were attacking a nearby conventional power plant, bombed the Osirak reactor but only light damage was reported.

Osirak reactor
Osirak reactor

Israeli intelligence confirmed Iraq’s intentions to develop nuclear weapons at the Osirak nuclear reactor and were aware of Iraqi threats against Israel. While, in 1981, some estimates showed Iraq was five to ten years away from building nuclear weapons, other intelligence reports estimated that Iraq could have a bomb within a year or two. It was later proven that Iraq was within a year of obtaining nuclear weapons.

Israel engaged in an intense diplomatic effort to try to halt French financing and support for the Iraqi project. The Israelis knew that time was short because, if diplomatic efforts failed, they would have to launch a military strike before the reactor was loaded with nuclear material to avoid the danger of nuclear fallout from the attack.

Nose of F-16A 243 showing the triangular mission marking for the attack, a nuclear reactor silhouette against the Iraqi Air Force emblem.
Nose of F-16A 243 showing the triangular mission marking for the attack, a nuclear reactor silhouette against the Iraqi Air Force emblem.

But the diplomacy failed and so Israel chose military action, on 7th June 1981. IAF F-16’s take off from secret IAF base somewhere in Tel Alviv with heavier load than they carry during regular bombing mission cause Baghdad where the reactor was situated was very far from Israel, maintain radio silence and very low flight altitude to avoid radar detection they reached Baghdad and despite facing anti-aircraft guns they bombed and destroyed the nuclear reactor, before leaving the base they were briefed that it could be an one way flight most probably but all the fighters came back safely.

Israeli Air Force F-16A Netz 243, flown by Colonel Ilan Ramon in Operation Opera.
Israeli Air Force F-16A Netz 243, flown by Colonel Ilan Ramon in Operation Opera.

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