Yossi Melman and Dan Raviv have published an updated edition of their Israeli spookery book, Spies Against Armageddon. I wrote an unflattering post about the original edition. But there are some important and interesting additions to the new version.
Among them, Melman bolsters the theory that Israel may’ve assassinated Yasser Arafat by poisoning his food. The co-author notes that around the same year Arafat died (2004), the Shabak poisoned the food of a Hamas commander, killing him. This murder has never been previously reported. Melman has not published the name of the victim and I haven’t been able to ascertain who it is despite asking people. If readers can research news reports to find Hamas commanders who died under mysterious circumstances in 2004, that could give us a boost.
While Yossi Melman and I have had disagreements in the past about interpretation of events and data (he’s even been right and I wrong once in a while!), his stating that there is a “resonance of truth” in the assassination is something you can pretty much take to the bank. Another factor to consider is the post I wrote offering documentary evidence that a year before Arafat’s death, the Israeli cabinet explicitly granted authority to the prime minister to kill him if it couldn’t send him into exile.
The other material in the book that has particular resonance in light of Jeff Stein’s provocative revelations of massive Israeli espionage in the U.S., is the passage pictured which jocularly acknowledges Israel’s spy campaign and the massive Israel Lobby effort to protect it.
I also thank Melman for crediting in his book my own reporting about the Prisoner X2 case, which still remains unresolved. It revolves around an Israeli ex-Mossad agent who betrayed his country, was tried and convicted in secret, and is jailed in secret as well, much like Ben Zygier was.