The Mossad is known for exploiting every possible means of leveraging its power to penetrate target countries. I’ve written in the past about how it co-opts local Jewish communal leaders to assist in intelligence operations. It’s also known to employ successful Israeli entrepreneurs like Arnon Milchan and Haim Saban as agents of influence and more. Milchan in the 1960s was an active participant in a plot to steal U.S. uranium on behalf of Israel’s nuclear weapons program. Keep in mind that Iranians who engage in such activities today are arrested and thrown in prison. In 1960s America, Israeli agents acted with impunity and suffered no consequences. Due to the Lobby’s power or the need to retain alliances, several U.S. administrations preferred to look the other way. Saban has plotted to install pro-Israel legislators like Jane Harman as the head of a U.S. intelligence committees so she could be an asset within Congress.
Alumni of Israeli intelligence like Unit 8200 have been dragooned into Mossad assassination conspiracies like the one which murdered Mahmoud al Mabouh. The CEO of the Israeli-American company, Payoneer, aided the plot by facilitating financial transactions necessary to complete the task.
So it’s no accident that Unit 8200 is developing an international network of veteran’s groups. Ostensibly the purpose is to offer mutual aid in advancing careers and socializing. But you can be sure these entities offer rich fodder for the Mossad in its efforts to penetrate U.S. and other nations’ high tech companies and their products. Not to mention darker plots to eliminate Israeli “enemies” around the world. Imagine you’re a Mossad operative planning an assassination or penetration of a diplomatic or commercial target in various targets around the world. Where better to seek assets to assist you than this type of venue?
Clearly, there is no shame or discretion among these veterans about their past nor any sense that Americans should be wary of them and their potential for damaging American security. In fact, some of them have developed surveillance products used by the NSA. So I suppose our own spooks find some value in them. But if I were high-tech CEO I’d be highly dubious about employees who might be willingly recruited for freelance work on behalf of Israeli intelligence.
If there are any dissident Unit 8200 veterans out there, please be in touch.
Former Jew says
Thanks for the great warning. I will no longer employ Israelis or Jews in my company.
You are such a jerk, and I don’t believe you are a former Jew or any kind of Jew at all.
Richard Silverstein says
@ Former Commenter: Trolls arois!! You are now moderated. The next time you post garbage like this will be your last.
“Keep in mind that Iranians who engage in such activities today are arrested and thrown in prison” – any example or it is just an empty sentence. And while there is no doubt if this happened the Iranian caught will be thrown in jail, that is not what you wrote!
More to the point – I’m part of Brown University Alumni Association and Washington University in St. Louis Alumni Association. So what??? People use the connection and the “brands” in their life to advance their career. That it is all there is to it!
“Alumni of Israeli intelligence like Unit 8200 have been dragooned into Mossad assassination conspiracies like the one which murdered Mahmoud al Mabouh.”
Richard. You’ve hatched a conspiracy theory, and no more. Unit 8200 isn’t part of Mossad, and the CEO of Payoneer isn’t a Unit 8200 vet.
But the genie is out of the bottle.
Richard Silverstein says
I meant the founder and president of Payoneer, Yuval Tal. He’s Sayeret Matkal vet. And he & Payoneer were intimiately associated with al Mabouh’s murder.
And I never said 8200 was ‘part of Mossad.’ Paraphrase carefully & accurately what I do say, not what you think I said or what you want me to have said. I said that Mossad would happily recruit 8200 vets (& Sayeret Matkal, AMAN vets, obviously) to help do their dirty work around the world. And so they have.
No need to be too hyetrical about the elders of 8200….
This is a HUGE unit in the IDF (actually, the largest in the IDF) and the number of their veterns reaches tens of thousounds…Most, if not all of them, will never have anything to do with intelligence operations the moment they finish their service.
The number of them I peronally know is at least 50, including many of my extended family, my ex-girlfriend, some of my friends from the University, workets in my College and even a very popular stend-up commedian…
They defiently use the connections they made during their military service to find jobs but that’s about it.
The 8200 veterns make a siginiciant contribution to the hi tech industry not only in Israel but also in the USA. Take for example NICE or Check Point (the developer of FIREWALL that were founded by 8200 veterns.
If USA companies will stop hiring 8200 veterns or allow their companies to operate in the USA just because of some vague fear that they may turn out to be spies it will be a loss to the American economy. Israel will be very happy that they remain in it.
I haven’t seen any proof that Yuval Tal served specifically in Sayeret Matkal but even if he did- Sayeret Matcal has nothing directly to do with unit 8200. The main role of Sayert Matcal is to collect intel by plotting devices in enemy countries. unit 8200 is there to develop such devices and analyse the data received. A Sayeret Matcal vetren has no direct link to 8200 veterns.
Richard Silverstein says
Oh, it’s not vague. It’s concrete. Unit 8200 veterans and veterans of other Israeli intelligence units operate here intensively and are assets. As for it being a loss to the American economy–oh, that’s too, too bad. I guess the .01% of U.S. high tech that comprises ex-Israeli intelligence agents will be devestated. We’ll just have to close up shop because without Israeli spies among us all of our high tech industry will go belly-up. Really, who do you think you are? God’s gift to the high tech world?
I have no problem with Israelis in U.S. high tech. If they wish to be high tech workers & be loyal to their employers and participate in American life: all to the good. But if they retain primary or even secondary allegiance to Israeli intelligence or believe it’s their patriotic duty to aid the plots of Israeli intelligence in this country, they should get the hell out.
Oh please. Unit 8200 is Israeli intelligence. Sayeret Matkal is Israeli intelligence. What difference does it make? None. A veteran of one unit will serve just as well as an asset of Mossad as the other.
If you morons don’t stop being so bloody literal-minded I will scream…then ban your asses.