Monday, August 31, 2009

Meir Amit: Israeli intelligence chief and soldier

Times Online (26/8/2009)

As chief of Israel’s Mossad intelligence service, Meir Amit did more than anyone to build the organisation’s reputation for audacity and cunning. Most famously, in the spring of 1967, he convinced the United States of Israel’s need to strike pre-emptively at Egyptian positions, which coupled with the intelligence he had accumulated, laid the groundwork for Israel’s triumph in the ensuing Six-Day War.

A decorated soldier, Amit combined a talent for military strategy with the negotiating skills of a diplomat. His assertions that “personal contacts can solve most problems” and that “people are more important than rifles” enabled him to find allies in the most unexpected of places...

Meir Amit, intelligence chief and soldier, was born on March 17, 1921. He died on July 17, 2009, aged 88

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