By Way of Deception Study Guide

By Way of Deception

By Way of Deception by Victor Ostrovsky

By Way of Deception Book Summary

The book starts with Victor's service in the Israeli Defense Forces, when, after taking psychological and other preliminary tests, he rejects a potential job as a Mossad assassin, but accepts a training katsa position.

He specifically addresses the suicide bombing of the U.S. Marine compound in Beirut that killed several hundred U.S. Marines in Lebanon. He says Mossad learned of the time and location of the attack in advance through its network of informants, but only told the Americans general information, without the specifics.

He attributes trafficking heroin as a source of raising funds for operations that were outside government regulation. He blames Mossad for assassinating Khadir, a PLO diplomat sent by Arafat to start peace negotiations with the Israeli government to prevent an invasion of Lebanon, as such action would promote an Israeli invasion of Lebanon to wipe out the PLO.

His disillusionment grows, culminating in retirement after being scapegoated for a failed attempt at capturing top PLO officials.

The second half alleges other operations between 1971 and 1985, such as Operation Sphinx where Iraqi nuclear scientists were recruited while in France to gather information about Iraq's nuclear reactor Osiraq, ultimately ending with the Israeli air strike in 1981.

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