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Israeli Agent Who Hunted Down Munich Olympic Killers Dies at 87

Monday, 22 Sep 2014 06:01 AM

Mike Harari, the Israeli Mossad spy who directed an assassination campaign against Palestinians suspected of involvement in the massacre of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics, has died at 87.

“Most of what Mike Harari did for the security of Israel as a fighter and commander in the Mossad is not publicly known, and will never be known,” Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said today in an e-mailed statement. “But all those who knew him understand we are talking about a man who carried out exceptional and groundbreaking operations, with a brave heart and creative prowess.”

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Harari died yesterday in Tel Aviv.

Steven Spielberg’s 2005 film “Munich,” which presented a fictionalized version of the assassinations of European operatives of the Palestinian Black September movement, depicted them as being directed by a new Mossad recruit who eventually quits the agency over moral reservations. In reality, according to several non-fiction books about the Mossad, it was veteran agent Harari who led “Operation Wrath of God” against Black September.

The operation was uncovered after Harari’s agents mistakenly killed a Moroccan waiter in Norway in 1973, after misidentifying him as a Palestinian militant.

After retiring from the Mossad, Harari was cited by some media reports as serving as a security adviser to Panamanian dictator Manuel Noreiga before the 1989 U.S. invasion of the Latin American state. A year later Harari gave a rare interview on Israeli television to deny that report, as well as rumors he had been briefly arrested in Panama by American forces.

According to “The Master of Operations,” a biography of Harari published earlier this year, the former agent continued to advise the Mossad into his 80s. His contributions included consulting on Israel’s covert operations against Iran’s nuclear program, The Times of Israel news website reported last April.


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Mike Harari, the Israeli Mossad spy who directed an assassination campaign against Palestinians suspected of involvement in the massacre of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics, has died at 87."Most of what Mike Harari did for the security of Israel as a fighter...
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