Israel Intelligence & Security: The Mossad

When the State of Israel was declared, David Ben-Gurion, Israels first Prime Minister, expressed his views on the necessity of creating intelligence agencies to operate on behalf of the nascent state. On June 7, 1948, he held his first meeting on this matter with intelligence officials. On December 13, 1949, following detailed staff work, Ben-Gurion appointed foreign ministry special operations adviser and former Jewish Agency state department official, Reuben Shiloah, to establish and head the Institute for Collating and Co-ordinating Intelligence Operations. This date is considered the date the Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations was established.

On March 2, 1951, as a result of the experience gained in running State intelligence agencies, particularly in overseas operations, Ben-Gurion ordered Reuben Shiloah to set up the Directorate, within the Institute for Coordination, to take all overseas intelligence operations under its wing. The Directorate was the initial incarnation of the main collection unit in the Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations.

In 1952, Reuben Shiloah retired and was replaced by General Security Agency chief Isser Harel. He served as Mossad Director until 1963. The two founders shaped the Mossad to address the reality and the needs of the State of Israel in its early years.

Over the years the Mossad expanded into many fields (the most prominent of which were):

Some of the Mossads operations include:

These are only a sample of the Mossads operations, which include collecting information in accordance with priority intelligence requirements, covert relations with other countries and intelligence agencies making major contributions to the peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan redeeming MIAs, technology and research.

The Mossad teamed up with venture capital firm Sequoia Capital in June 2017 to launch a new technological innovation fund named Libertad. Theproject’s aim is to take advantage of Israel’s start-up atmosphere, and ensure the Mossad and IDF retain technological superiority over their enemies. The Libertad fund’s website describes it as seek[ing]to strengthen both start-up companies and the Mossads knowledge base, operating at the forefront of technological innovation. Upon it’s launch, Libertad’s executives issued a call for proposals in the fields of energy, robotics, encryption, big data, and text analysis.

The Mossad welcomed it’s first recruit from the Ultra-Orthodox Haredi Jewish community in April 2018. Many Haredim recieve exemptions from Israeli national military service, but some still choose to serve.

Sources: The Mossad;Herb Keinon.Israel’s Mossad is looking for a few good startups, Jerusalem Post, (June 27, 2017);First haredi man to serve in Israels Mossad agency, JNS, (April 26, 2018).

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