No Mission Is Impossible: The Death-Defying Missions of the Israeli Special Forces
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[Translated by Michael Bar-Zohar and Nathan K. Burstein]
[Read by Assaf Cohen]
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
Mossad: The Greatest Missions of the Israeli Secret Service brought to life the gripping, legendary missions of Israeli's national intelligence force like never before, capturing the danger of the operations and the bravery of the operatives who risked everything to complete their assignments.
Now, in No Mission Is Impossible, Michael Bar-Zohar and Nissim Mishal return with the intensely absorbing, fast-paced story of thirty of the boldest missions of the Israeli special forces. Bar-Zohar and Mishal depict in electrifying detail major battles, raids in enemy territory, and death-defying commando missions while also sharing the personal stories of both soldiers and top commanders, revealing their hopes and fears. The stories are often of victories, but sometimes they're of immense failures. They run side-by-side with the accounts of the lives and accomplishments of some of Israel's most prominent figures, including Moshe Dayan, Ariel Sharon, the brothers Netanyahu, Ehud Barak, and Avigdor Kahalani. We follow Sharon, from his near death at the battle of Latrun in 1948 to his crossing of Suez in 1973; we are with Ehud Barak, dressed in women's clothes, when he commands a daring raid in Beirut in 1973, and then when he is elected prime minister in 1999. Besides recounting these mesmerizing, high-stakes missions, No Mission Is Impossible includes an interview in each chapter with a major figure who took part in the mission discussed, including some of the most prominent players in Israeli politics.
Captivating and eye-opening, No Mission Is Impossible is essential listening for anyone interested in understanding how these crucial missions shaped Israel and the world at large.
would buy the boats from France and focused their attention on Akers, a Norwegian firm that searched for oil. At its head stood Martin Siem, an engineer and World War II hero who had led the anti-Nazi underground in Norway and was a good friend of Friedman’s. Limon had reached the conclusion that the best date for taking the boats would be Christmas Eve, 1969. That night, the French would be celebrating, and their level of vigilance would be low. By then, the Arrow would be ready to sail. In
and easy. But soon, they noticed the twisted and charred remains of the previous night’s battle. Along the way, the soldiers passed a half-track full of dead bodies. The brigade’s deputy commander, Lieutenant Colonel Amnon Lipkin-Shahak, recounted, “I was sure that these were the bodies of Egyptian soldiers, but, as I got closer, I could see that they were Israeli paratroopers. For me this was an inner earthquake, the first time I realized that there could be a situation in which Israeli soldiers
in Arabic. It’s an awful situation.” At three, Brigade Commander Drori arrived at the site of battle with his staff and said to the soldiers, “Hold your positions. Reinforcements will be here soon.” David Tzarfati shouted back, “We need to pull back! We need to pull back! There are many dead, many wounded!” The brigade commander replied, “Quiet, soldier. Backup is coming. Maintain position.” At four, the brigade’s reconnaissance company advanced toward the Hermon’s upper cable-car station. Its
but avoided conflict with the Syrians in the area, even when they opened artillery fire on IDF forces. But on June 9, Israeli restraint toward the Syrians came to an end. Israel’s request that they pull their forces back to their prewar positions went unanswered, and Israel decided to act with all its might. (See Chapter 11.) GABI ASHKENAZI, DEPUTY COMMANDER OF GOLANI BRIGADE, LATER THE IDF CHIEF OF STAFF “As a deputy commander of Golani Brigade, I went through several difficult moments during
military vehicle. Only after the men boarded the bus, waving automatic weapons, did the passengers realize that these were Arab terrorists. Panic broke out on board the bus, yet forty of the passengers, all of them workers at the Dimona reactor, managed to escape. The terrorists seized control of the bus and held hostage the remaining nine women and two men. Israeli Special Forces arrived almost immediately, and surrounded the vehicle. The terrorists began negotiating with them over the release