A Veritable Laff-Riot?
The New York Daily News interviewed several former Israeli Mossad agents after a private screening in Tel Aviv of Steven Spielberg’s film Munich. The film purports to tell the story of Israeli agents who killed Palestinian terrorists to avenge the killing of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1976 Munich Olympics.
“It’s clear from the film that Steven Spielberg has a lot to learn about this business,” Shavit said after the screening. “The film has no connection to reality whatsoever.” … Rafi Eitan, who had inside knowledge of the Israeli reprisals as he headed the Mossad’s operations department at the time of the Munich massacre, said the film was pure fantasy … “The gap between what really happened and the way events are portrayed in the film simply cannot be bridged,” Eitan said after the screening.
The night wasn’t a total loss though as the assembled spies “chuckled at times” during the film. Said one former Mossad agent: “A team that amateurish and clumsy would have been arrested by the local police within a day of arriving for their mission.”
For more on the hooey-ness of Munich, read former Mossad Chief Efraim Halevy’s thoughtful piece in The Times where he notes:
The conversations between Mossad officers do not resemble the way that they speak or think. No remotely successful operation could have been based on the â€œprofessional standardsâ€ exhibited in the film.
The article also reveals that Efraim Halevy’s Man in the Shadows: Inside the Middle East Crisis with a Man who Led the Mossad will soon be published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson.