What Israeli Spymaster Rafi Eitan Couldn't Reveal in His Memoir

In his book, the late Rafi Eitan recounts central events in his life and that of Israel. But many stories are censored, so readers don't really get to know the Mossad man who nabbed Eichmann and was behind the Pollard affair

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Rafi Eitan, minister of pensioner affairs, in 2007.
Rafi Eitan, minister of pensioner affairs, in 2007.Credit: Tomer Appelbaum
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Yossi Melman
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Yossi Melman

There were two seminal events in the riveting, adventure-filled life of Rafi Eitan: his role as commander of the Mossad team of four kidnappers who, in May 1960, caught Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in a Buenos Aires suburb; and his involvement in the Jonathan Pollard espionage affair a quarter of a century later. The first event was a source of pride to him; the second, one of extreme torment.

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