The Other Side of Deception is a follow up book by Victor Ostrovsky which details other information about Mossad operations that were not covered in the first book and also provides a bibliography of newspaper articles that support the claims that he makes in his original book. The most important concept in the book is that Mr. Ostrovsky criticizes the Mossad for its divide and conquer strategy pitting secular Arabs against Islamist Arabs and between Arab Muslims and Non-Arab Muslims such as between Iran and Iraq. Mr. Ostrovsky discusses how Mossad provided assistance to Hamas to help it destroy the PLO and to create a civil war between the secular and Islamist factions of the Palestinians. The book was written in 1994 but his predictions came true with the election of Hamas in the Gaza strip and the civil war that broke through between Hamas and the PLO.[1][dead link] The relations between Hamas and Mossad soured after the Second intifada which occurred after the writing of this book.

This book also details Israel's role in the Iran–Contra affair. He discusses how Israel helped arm the Iranians during the Iran-Iraq war with the ultimate goal of using Iran to create major damage to Iraq. Iraq was to busy to retaliate. The book discusses how a Khomeini insider by the name of Cyrus Hashemi was a Mossad spy who was later poisoned by Mossad when he was under investigation by the US in the Iran-Contra affair. Various sources corroborate the information on Cyrus Hasmehi being a double agent. The October 4, 1988 issue of the LA times had a story written by reporter William Rempell which reported Cyrus Hashemi also worked for the CIA and was a key witness in the Iran -Contra investigation [2] . In his book, Hostage to Khomeini, the investigative journalist Robert Dreyfuss also notes that Cyrus Hashemi was a SAMAVA agent (SAMAVA is the spy agency of the Islamic Republic of Iran) .Furthermore, the book discusses how the Mossad poisoned a German politician by the name of Uwe Barschel who had helped Mossad in their dealings with the Iranians but was going to reveal the secrets of his dealings. The murder was very unusual because his corpse was found fully clothed in a bathtub full of water in an attempt to make it look like a suicide. In July 2011, German authorities announced that they would re-open the murder investigation of Uwe Barchel.[3]. The most fascinating matter that Mr. Ostrovsky discusses is the Mossad coordinated assassination of an Israeli general Yekutiel Adam. General Adam was chosen as the head of Mossad but was hated by the right wing extremists within Mossad who coordinated the assassination when the general went to Lebanon. The death of General Adam was reported as a combat casualty but Victor Ostrovsky states that friends of his who were active in Mossad told him that right wing clique in Mossad had paid a Palestinian to assassinate the General and that a picture of General Adam was found in the pocket of the Palestinian assassin working for Mossad.

Mr. Ostrovsky describes in detail how in mid February 1986 the Mossad planted a radio relay device – the “Trojan” – in a rented apartment in Tripoli, the capital of Libya. However interesting, we cut to the consequences. One over-long paragraph has been broken up for clarity.

By the end of March, the Americans were already intercepting messages broadcast by the Trojan, which was only activated during heavy communication traffic hours. Using the Trojan, the Mossad tried to make it appear that a long series of terrorist orders were being transmitted to various Libyan embassies around the world ... . As the Mossad had hoped, the transmissions were deciphered by the Americans and construed as ample proof that the Libyans were active sponsors of terrorism. What’s more, the Americans pointed out, Mossad reports confirmed it.

The French and the Spanish, though, were not buying into the new stream of information. To them, it seemed suspicious that suddenly, out of the blue, the Libyans, who’d been extremely careful in the past, would start advertising their future actions. They also found it suspicious that in several instances Mossad reports were worded similarly to coded Libyan communications. [Mr. Ostrovsky intersperses the following fact through what follows: Some of the Mossad-generated messages implicated the Libyans in the La Belle discothèque bombing in West Berlin on April 5, though the messages came after the attack.] They [the French and Spanish] argued further that, had there truly been after-the-fact Libyan communications regarding the attack, then ... [it] could have been prevented, since surely there would have been [likewise] communications before, enabling intelligence agencies listening in to prevent it. Since the attack wasn’t prevented, they reasoned that ... the “new communications” must be bogus.

The French and the Spanish were right. The information was bogus, and the Mossad didn’t have a clue who planted the bomb [in the La Belle discothèque] that killed one American serviceman and wounded several others. But the Mossad was tied in to many of the European terrorist organizations, and it was convinced that in the volatile atmosphere that had engulfed Europe, a bombing with an American victim was just a matter of time [and they could take advantage of it, per above]. Heads of the Mossad were counting on the American [Reagan’s] promise to retaliate with vengeance against any country that could be proven to support terrorism. The Trojan gave the Americans the proof they needed.

The Mossad also plugged into the equation [Muamar] Qadhafi’s lunatic image and momentous declarations, which were really only meant for internal consumption. It must be remembered that Qadhafi [Libya’s dictator] had marked a line in the water at that time, closing off the Gulf of Sidra as Libyan territorial waters and calling the new maritime border the line of death (an action that didn’t exactly give him a moderate image).

Ultimately, the Americans fell for the Mossad ploy head over heels[,] dragging the British and the Germans somewhat reluctantly in with them. Operation Trojan was one of the Mossad’s greatest successes. It brought about the air strike on Libya that President Reagan had promised – a strike that had three important consequences. First, it derailed a deal for the release of the American hostages in Lebanon, thus preserving the Hizballah (Party of God) as the number one enemy in the eyes of the West. Second, it sent a message to the entire Arab world, telling them exactly where the United States stood regarding the Arab-Israeli conflict. Third, it boosted the Mossad’s image of itself, since it was they who, by ingenious sleight of hand, had prodded the United States to do what was right. [More than a hint of sarcasm there.] It was only the French who didn’t buy into the Mossad trick and were determined not to ally themselves with the aggressive American act. The French refused to allow the American bombers to fly over their territory on their way to attack Libya.

On April 14, 1986, one hundred and sixty American aircraft dropped over sixty tons of bombs on Libya. The attackers bombed Tripoli international airport, Bab al Azizia barracks, Sidi Bilal naval base, the city of Benghazi, and the Benine airfield outside Benghazi. [Mr. Ostrovsky says elsewhere: a stray bomb hit the French embassy in Tripoli during the raid.] The strike force consisted of two main bodies, one originating in England and the other from flattops in the Mediterranean. From England came twenty-four F-111s from Lakenheath, five EF-111s from Upper Heyford, and twenty-eight refueling tankers from Mildenhall and Fairford. In the attack, the air force F-111s and the EF-111s were joined by eighteen A-6 and A-7 strike and strike support aircraft, six F/A-18 fighters, fourteen EA-6B electronic jammer planes, and other support platforms. The navy planes were catapulted from the carriers Coral Sea and America.

On the Libyan side, there were approximately forty civilian casualties, including Qadhafi’s adopted daughter. On the American side, a pilot and his weapons officer were killed when their F-111 exploded.

After the bombing, the Hizballah broke off negotiations regarding the hostages they held in Beirut and executed three of them, including one American ... . As for the French, they were rewarded for their nonparticipation in the attack by the release at the end of June of two French journalists held hostage in Beirut. ...

Ephraim had spelled it all out for me and confirmed some of the information I’d already known. He then went on. “After the bombing of Libya, our friend Qadhafi is sure to stay out of the picture for some time. Iraq and Saddam Hussein are the next target. We’re starting now to build him up as the big villain. It will take some time, but in the end, there’s no doubt it’ll work.”

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