Mossad In Coolness Revival
Posted by Ryne McClaren on February 27, 2010
From the international affairs desk of Don’t Let Me Stop You comes a “special interest” story out of Israel. Yes, this blog does have an international desk. You would have thought otherwise?
Today’s story comes from us from Israel, in the aftermath of the (alleged) Mossad killing of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh by electrocuting him with a bedside lamp. You have to admit: nobody does international diplomacy quite like the Mossad.
Would you be prepared to cross-dress? And kill a guest in an adjacent hotel room? If the answer to these questions is a resounding “yes”, and you can also act, enjoy luxury international travel with a twist and can carry off a convincing Irish or Australian accent, then the job could be yours.
The Israeli spy agency Mossad may be the target of international reproach since it allegedly killed the Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in a Dubai hotel this month, but at home emerging details of the operation have generated Mossad mania.
It has never been more popular in Israel, with stores selling out of Mossad memorabilia and its official website reporting a soaring number of visitors interested in applying to become agents. “Mossad has been restored to its glory days,” said Ilan Mizrahi, a former deputy director of the agency, which is located in the affluent beach town of Herzliya, north of Tel Aviv.
Compare and contrast: can you imagine buying CIA memorabilia, and considering it cool rather than ironic?
Opticians have reported a rise in sales of the horn-rimmed glasses in the style worn by 14 of the 26 suspects, T-shirts with Mossad logos are selling out at stores and the agency has experienced a flood of applicants.
Although no new jobs have been posted for half a year, a new statement on the Mossad website reads: “You have an opportunity to create a new reality where you can play the leading role. If you possess intelligence and sophistication, you can make a difference and fulfil a national mission. If you can engage, charm and influence people — you may have the qualities we are looking for.”
The possibly accurate but quite lengthy Wikipedia entry on the Mossad can be found here.