No Mission Is Impossible: The Death-Defying Missions of the Israeli Special Forces

No Mission Is Impossible: The Death-Defying Missions of the Israeli Special Forces

by Michael Bar-Zohar, Nissim Mishal

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A riveting follow-up to Michael Bar-Zohar and Nissim Mishal’s account of the most memorable missions of the Mossad, No Mission Is Impossible sheds light on some of the most harrowing, nail-biting operations of the Israeli Special Forces.

In No Mission Is Impossible, Michael Bar-Zohar and Nissim Mishal depict in electrifying detail major battles, raids in enemy territory, and the death- defying commando missions of the Israeli Special Forces. The stories are often of victories, but sometimes also of immense failures, and they run side by side with the accounts of the lives and accomplishments of some of Israel’s most prominent figures.

Captivating and eye-opening, No Mission Is Impossible is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding how these crucial missions shaped Israel, and the world at large.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062379016
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/06/2015
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 26,821
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Michael Bar-Zohar is a writer, public speaker, and former lawmaker. Author of many novels and nonfiction books, he was a member of the Knesset and envoy to the Council of Europe. A former adviser to General Moshe Dayan, Dr. Bar-Zohar has also served as a professor at Haifa University in Israel and at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He is one of Israel's foremost experts on espionage and the official biographer of David Ben-Gurion and Shimon Peres. He also wrote the biography of Isser Harel, the legendary Director of the Mossad, and co-authored The Quest for the Red Prince, which dealt with the bloody war between the Mossad and Black September. Bar-Zohar's books have been translated into eighteen languages. 

Nissim Mishal is one of the foremost TV personalities in Israel. After graduating with a master's degree in political science, he joined the staff of the Israeli state television and worked as a political reporter, Washington correspondent, and, finally, its director-general. At the fiftieth and sixtieth anniversaries of Israel, Mishal published two record-selling books about the great events in Israel's history. They were translated into English, French, Russian, and Spanish. He has also coauthored a book on two thousand years of Judaism with Professor Shlomo Ben-Ami, a former Israeli minister of foreign affairs.

Table of Contents

Preface: Two Combats xi

1 Entebbe, 1976 1

Part 1 How It All Started

2 To Save Jerusalem, 1948 29

3 Black Arrow, 1955 38

Part 2 The Sinai Campaign

4 "Bring Down This Plane!" 1956 51

5 Kadesh, 1956 61

Part 3 The Six Day War

6 "Life or Death," Operation Focus, 1967 77

7 "The Temple Mount Is in Our Hands!" 1967 89

Part 4 The War of Attrition

8 "I Felt I Was Suffocating": The Raid on Green Island, 1969 103

9 The French Defense Minister: "Bomb the Israelis!" 1969 113

10 "Why Bomb If We Can Take?" 1969 123

11 "The Enemy Speaks Russian!" 1970 132

12 White Angels on Jacob's Ladder, 1972 140

13 "Stop! Halt! Hands Up!" 1972 155

14 That Lady Means Trouble, 1973 163

Part 5 The Yom Kippur War

15 The Bravehearts Land in Africa, 1973 179

16 "Commander Killed … Deputy Commander Killed … Second Deputy Commander…" 1973 192

17 "I See the Lake of Tiberias!" 1973 203

18 The Eyes of the Nation, 1973 215

Part 6 The Nuclear Dancer

19 "Opera" in Baghdad and "Arizona" in Syria, 1981 and 2007 225

Part 7 The Lebanon War

20 "Did They Have Machine Guns?" 1982 239

21 "It Was a Great Concert with Many Instruments," 1982 248

Part 8 Fighting Terrorism

22 "Abu Jihad Sent Us," 1988 257

23 "Where Is the Ship?" 2002 267

24 Holocaust Remembrance Day in the Nablus Qasbah, 2002 278

25 The Never-ending Story in Gaza: 2008, 2012, 2014 287

Epilogue: The Lost Tribe Returns

26 From the Heart of Africa to Jerusalem: Operation Moses (1984) and Operation Solomon (1991) 309

Aftermath 319

Source Notes 325

Acknowledgments 343

Index 345

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