Ex-Mossad Agent Regrets Backing Far-right German Party With Nazi Roots

Of his praise of the controversial German AfD, Rafi Eitan, who helped capture Eichmann, said he's backing off 'in light of the reactions'

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Former Mossad agent Rafi Eitan in Tel Aviv, 2006.
Former Mossad agent Rafi Eitan in Tel Aviv, 2006.Credit: AP

Former cabinet member and Mossad agent Rafi Eitan said Sunday he regrets expressing support for the far-right Alternative for Germany party. On Saturday, he said he hopes the party's controversial ideology expands to the rest of Europe.

In an interview with Maariv radio, Eitan said he felt he had made a mistake. "This is a certain concept that I thought was correct, but in light of the reactions I'm backing off it," he said. "Thank you, I don't want to deal with it."

In honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day last month, Eitan praised the controversial German AfD party for coming out against anti-Semitism and supporting Jewish life in Germany. In a video message to the party, published on his Facebook page Saturday, Eitan said: “If you work wisely, powerfully and, most importantly, realistically confronting a situation and deciding to act according to given circumstances, I’m sure that instead of an alternative to Germany, you’ll become an alternative to Europe.”

Rafi Eitan voices support for AfD

Eitan’s Facebook page contained a German translation of some of his remarks. Among these he says that “the Muslim world and its culture are very different from those of the West. Anywhere there are Muslims today, in any European country, one can expect violence and terror because of these differences.”

Eitan was one of the founders of Israel’s intelligence community and has been called its “master spy” and a “living legend.” He was the Mossad agent who headed the mission to abduct Adolf Eichmann and bring him to Israel in 1960 for prosecution. Eitan was later a cabinet minister.