A famous Marine Corps recruitment ad featured the tagline: “We’re looking for a few good men.” That later became the ironic title of Aaron Sorkin’s 1992 hit film, A Few Good Men.
Israel’s Mossad has taken the thought to heart…with a twist. It’s looking for a few good women. And let’s just say they’re not looking for “good women” in the same sense as the Marine ad.
The ad copy adds that the agency is looking for women possessing a “special character.” You can imagine what that means.
Though the ad says the recruits are sought to “run” agents in the field (ketzinot isuf), it’s widely known that the Mossad uses women for two main tasks: as honey pots and as “decoration” for assassination plots. A Mossad agent code-named “Cindy” (aka Cheryl Bentov) lured Mordechai Vanunu into a rendez-vous which led to his kidnapping and trial after he blew the whistle on Israel’s nuclear weapons program. Rather infamously, at several women participated in the Kidon Dubai hit, where it assassinated Mahmoud al Mabouh.
There have been examples of famous female Mossad agents like Tzipi Livni. All we know is that she served in Europe. We don’t know if she served in a traditional female role or had a more substantive mission with the agency.
An Israeli security official scoffed at the ad to me saying: “Mossad is openly recruiting sharmutas (Arabic slang roughly translated as “floozies”)!”
NOTE: I’ll be interviewed on WPKN’s Between the Lines show tomorrow (listen live), Monday at 8:05PM (eastern). The station is heard throughout Connecticut and northern Long Island. I will offer the podcast when it’s available. I’ll be talking about the UN settlement resolution, John Kerry’s attempt to ‘do a Lazarus’ on the two-state solution, and Israel’s ferocious push-back.