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Israel’s Media Impugns Motives of ‘Prisoner X’

10:22 AM, Feb 19, 2013 • By MICHAEL ROSS
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I'm not expecting the Israel media to lionize Zygier. I do, however, expect them to show a modicum of respect to his family for their sacrifice on Israel's behalf. If the journalists writing these articles were truly “experts” on the Mossad, then they'd be less willing to engage in postmortem character assassination. Yes, he volunteered to do this job, but he could have also chosen to become a successful lawyer and lived a life of comfort and security with his family in the leafy suburbs of Melbourne.

The only thing Oren has correct in his article is that whatever transpired between the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation and the Mossad, there was no need to lock him up in solitary confinement. If guilty, Zygier could have been quietly dismissed and sequestered to one of the Mossad's many safe houses until the issue could be resolved between services. ASIO's sister service, the Australian Secret Intelligence Service, tasked with intelligence collection outside Australia's borders (and close ally of the Mossad), must be very unhappy with ASIO's decision to leak the Zygier affair to journalist Jason Koutsoukis in some ill-conceived attempt to punish Israel over a few passports. The resulting damage to the joint Iran issue can be nothing less than catastrophic for everyone.

I have no doubt that Zygier, like all people in this business, had his faults. This is a business of people and therefore subject to all the failings and mistakes that human beings make. Having said that, Zygier was hardly living what could be considered a normal existence; he spent long periods under cover doing dangerous work that would certainly lead to his incarceration and death. How very sad that this is exactly how he ended his days and at the hands of the very people he was risking his neck for.

Michael Ross is a former Mossad operations officer.

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