Israeli businessman and Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan is being pursued by a film director, who wants to turn his biography into a motion picture, according to a report by the New York Times.
“Confidential: The Life of Secret Agent Turned Hollywood Tycoon Arnon Milchan”, released last year by Gefen Books, contains numerous disclosures about Milchan's involvement in Israel's nuclear program. According to the biography, Milchan was a longtime weapons dealer and Israeli intelligence agent who purchased equipment for Israel's alleged nuclear program.
Elan Frank, who says he flew for 30 years in Israel’s armed forces, is a documentary director and producer who told the New York Times that Milchan has been declining his interview requests.
According to the report, Frank believes Milchan “is wary of speaking about the book at a time when Israel is assessing Iran’s nuclear potential and other possible threats.”
But Hadas Klein, a spokeswoman for Milchan, denied that assertion, offering instead that Milchan simply did not consider the book “worthy of being adapted,” the New York times writes.
Writers Meir Doron and Joseph Gelman say the book is not an authorized or official biography, and was in fact only shown to Milchan after it was written.
Milchan's services to the Israeli security industry had been made public before, but he had always denied or refused to acknowledge them. “Confidential” was the first time Milchan confirmed these claims, albeit indirectly.
Last year, Doron and Gelman told Haaretz what they believe to be the most important disclosure of the book: "The hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars paid in commissions for defense deals between Israel and the United States. They were deposited in secret bank accounts all over the world and used to fund Israeli espionage activities abroad. The money in these accounts paid for operations that helped Israel to obtain materials, technologies and equipment that turned it into a nuclear power, with the fifth biggest nuclear arsenal in the world.”
"Prime ministers and defense ministers and finance ministers came and went, but there was only 'treasurer' of Israel's secret espionage budget - Arnon Milchan. He collected commission fees from American security firms that were deposited in the bank accounts of various companies he set up in several countries where Israeli spy agencies operate," said Doron and Gelman.
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