Nahum Admoni
Allegiance State of Israel 20px
Service Mossad
Active 1954-1989

Born 29 November 1929
Nationality Israeli
Occupation Director of Mossad

Nahum Admoni (born 29 November 1929) was the Director of the Mossad from 1982 to 1989.

Born in Jerusalem to immigrants from Poland, he fought in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War in the SHAI, the Haganah intelligence branch, and later in the newly created Israeli Defense Force Intelligence. After the war he went to the United States and studied at the University of California, Berkeley, returning to Israel in 1954. There he rejoined the Israeli intelligence community, working his way up the chain of command to be Mossad Director Yitzhak Hofi's deputy.

During his service as Mossad Director, Admoni watched over the Jonathan Pollard affair, in which it was revealed that Israel was spying on the United States. He also endured the revelation of Israeli involvement in the Iran-Contra Affair and the public abduction of Mordechai Vanunu, who had revealed secrets of the Israeli nuclear weapons program to the British press. Along with a number of other embarrassing incidents involving careless mistakes by Mossad agents, Admoni retired in 1989.

On August 28, 2006 he was appointed by prime minister Ehud Olmert to be chairman of an investigation committee, charged with investigating the actions of the government during the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict.[1]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Oren, Amir. "Kahan Commission criticized Admoni; Olmert made him head of panel", Ha'aretz, August 31, 2006. Retrieved August 31, 2006.

References[edit | edit source]

  • Black, Ian. Morris, Benny. Israel's Secret Wars: A History of Israel's Intelligence Services. New York: Grove Press, 1991. ISBN 0-8021-1159-9, 427 p.

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