Kill Khalid: The Failed Mossad Assassination of Khalid Mishal and the Rise of Hamas

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The New Press, 2010 - History - 477 pages
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"[It was] all very James Bond. One country needs the antidote held by another, to treat an illness it doesn't understand. The clock's ticking...so the king calls the White House."-Robert Malley, former senior Clinton administration adviser Little public notice was taken of a 1997 attempt on the life of the Hamas leader Khalid Mishal by Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency-even though the audacious hit took place in broad daylight in the streets of Amman, and even though the bungled poisoning immediately set into motion a flurry of international diplomacy, culminating in the direct intervention of then-U.S. President Bill Clinton. A series of tense, high-level negotiations saved Mishal's life, as the Israelis reluctantly handed over the antidote. But Hamas was saved as well. With his new lease on life, Khalid Mishal became-and remains-the architect of the Hamas organization's phenomenal ascendancy in the intervening decade. Mishal orchestrated the deadly bombings on targets in Israel and, from his bunker in exile in the Syrian capital of Damascus, continues to pull in donations and support from the Islamic world while directing Hamas's vital social welfare programs. In a headlong narrative-with high-speed car chases, negotiated prisoner exchanges, and an international scandal that threatened to destabilize the entire region-acclaimed reporter Paul McGeough uses unprecedented, extensive interviews with Khalid Mishal himself and the key players in Amman, Jerusalem, and Washington to tell the definitive, inside story of the rise of Hamas.
  

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Contents

The Tourists
1
Village of the Sheikhs
4
The Tap Dancer from Amman
17
The Education of a Terrorist
30
Have You Guys Lost Your Minds?
40
Arafats Circus
49
The Palestinian Project
61
The Bearded Engineer in a New York Cell
78
The Legendary Image of Mossad
215
Brother Against Brother
230
Handcuffed and Deported
247
Dead Men Walking
267
Follow the Money
294
Government from the Trenches
312
No Gold Bars Left
336
Everything Is Not as It Seems
349

Violence Is the Only Weapon
95
A Little Obscurity Is Good
110
They Used a Bizarre Instrument
129
Mishal Must Not Die
144
Who the Hell Is Khalid Mishal?
161
Pulling a Rabbit from the Kings Threadbare Hat
178
The Price Bibi Paid
196
An Eye for an Eye
365
Taking the Holy Land to Court
383
The Man Who Wouldnt Die
396
Epilogue
415
Index
457
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About the author (2010)

Paul McGeough is the chief correspondent and a former editor of Australia's Sydney Morning Herald and the author of three books on the Middle East. He has twice been named Australian Journalist of the Year and in 2002 was awarded the Johns Hopkins University?based SAIS Novartis prize for excellence in international journalism. He lives in Sydney, Australia.

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