The Mossad Job by Menahem Misgav
English | 2020 | Mystery/Thriller | ePUB | 2.8 MB
Back in the old days they used to do it for a living.
Now, they are looking for a revenge.
Rotem is a retired Mossad agent, a proud grandfather and a man who enjoys life to the fullest. One day while on a trip to Europe with his wife, he listens to an interview on local radio that utterly infuriates him.
The interviewee, Meshulam Muller, is a Dutch Jew who immigrated to Israel, was recruited into the ranks of the Mossad, and was subsequently fired from the organization while still in training. Ever since, he has been busy dealing in expensive works of art and most of all, tarnishing the reputation of the organization in every possible forum.
With the same focus and determination of his best days in action, Rotem decides to gather some friends who served with him in the Mossad. After so many years of Muller bad mouthing the organization that is so sacred to them, they decided to run a sting operation on Muller. This brilliant and precise scam will scare and embarrass him.
However, the members of the team, who were so used to being at the cutting edge, realize that times have changed. Situations they had never known in their operative past upset their reality through and through and with it, their entire operation…
“My family was living in Buenos Aires at the time, in a neighborhood that wasn’t distinctively Jewish but squeezed between two neighborhoods that were. On one side of the neighborhood was a prison, and on the other side was an asylum for the mentally ill. Whenever a siren sounded, the residents of the nearby neighborhoods wondered who had escaped, a prisoner or a lunatic? My father used to say that no one escaped from that prison. When he was asked why, if this were the case, there were so many police officers in the area, he would answer: ‘so no one tries to sneak in.’ My father made a living as a carpenter, and my mother was a professional cook. I was then in my second year of studies in Buenos Aires University. At the same time, I was near the end of my studies in the teacher’s college, which included practical experience in teaching.
“Following the kidnapping of Graciela Sirota, the Jewish community decided to send a group of Jewish youths to Israel to undergo training in community defense. I was the youngest representative in this group.”
“So, was that when you joined the Mossad, Grandpa?” Yaron shot out.
“No, Yaronchik, we will reach my own personal story in the field of security,” Rotem cooled his grandson’s enthusiasm.
“After my community security training, I returned to Buenos Aires, and from that moment onward, I made every effort to prepare the family for emigration to Israel. My oldest brother had already emigrated in 1958, whereas we emigrated in 1965. So it was that a year after we returned to Argentina, we were already Israeli citizens and Kibbutz members.
In early 1967, a few months before the outbreak of the 1967 war, when I was undergoing sapper training in the Fighting Pioneer Youth Paratroopers, I was summoned for compatibility screening for significant security service. During the screening, I was required to sign a consent form to be recruited into the Mossad, but I refused and returned to my military unit.
“The Six-Day War shook my world, as it did for everyone else who participated in it. When it ended, I spent many nights thinking about the new reality into which my new homeland had emerged. After much inner turmoil and misgivings, I concluded that the real problems the State of Israel would have to face would begin precisely then, after that great victory. I accordingly changed my decision regarding the Mossad. I approached the relevant parties and, though still conflicted, accepted the offer to join the Mossad…”