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Parent Article: The 3 Myths Of Law Enforcement
We Control the World!
11 May 2002
mossad.jpg
Control the media.
Control the money.
Control the lawyers.
Control the doctors.
Control the drugs.
Control the activists.
Control the elections.
Control the politicians.
Control the airports.
Control the police.
Control the military.
Control the world!

Whoops! Hitler tried that, too....

Sunday July 30 2:56 PM ET Mossad Turns to Want Ads for Spies
By DINA KRAFT, Associated Press Writer

JERUSALEM (AP) - The Mossad is looking for a few good spies.

Rattled by a recent series of high-profile bungles, Israel's fabled intelligence agency plans for the first time to openly advertise for help in Israeli newspapers.

As a new generation of Israelis comes of age in an era of a booming high-tech economy and opportunity, the Mossad finds it must alter its traditional methods of recruitment.

In the Mossad ad, previewed Sunday in Israeli newspapers, heavy blue doors emblazoned with the state insignia of the Menorah, a seven-branch candelabra, open over the words,"The Mossad is Opening Up."

"Only you, in your heart of hearts, know that you are capable of much more, to think differently, to do more than you thought you could," the ad says. "We offer you a future and a horizon of service in a field in which you will be able to contribute to what is dearest to all of us."

Going public like this may seem an anathema to the previous generation of tightlipped spymasters, for whom secrecy and national duty went hand in hand.

Former Mossad chief Shabtai Shavit said it was hard to him to get used to the idea of launching a public recruitment campaign. Previously, the agency used vague and anonymous want ads. But he acknowledged that present-day realities had left the agency no other choice.

"The differences between today's youth and youth in the past is that in the past, we saw ourselves as people committed to the norms and values of (national) service, of Zionism," Shavit told Israel radio. "Today's youth are motivated primarily - and I think it is positive - by a sense of individual accomplishment."

While the vast majority of young Israeli men still do three years of compulsory army service and young women serve just under two years, a growing number seek to avoid the draft.

Shavit bemoaned what he described as a growing lack of respect for the country's security institutions, including the army, in a society increasingly concerned with material success.

Prime Minister Ehud Barak's office, which oversees the elite spy agency known worldwide for its bold missions, issued a statement acknowledging that the lure of the high-tech and business worlds had put a crunch on Mossad's ability to continue its tradition of recruiting the best and brightest.

"In order to compete in the employment market for the few outstanding people suited for the Mossad, the Mossad realized it should reach out to the target population using the modern language of the world of mass media," the statement said. The ad, directed at both men and women, also appears on the prime minister's office Web site.

The prime minister's office noted that other top intelligence agencies such as the United States' Central Intelligence Agency and Britain's M15 have already started such recruitment campaigns.

In addition to advertising in the media, personal letters will be sent to potentially suitable candidates, the statement said.

Shavit said the Mossad had to keep up with changes in Israel's society, changes which perhaps foreshadow a time when peace will make national security concerns less important.

"We want to make it (the Mossad) compatible to a new era of negotiations, of peace efforts and coexistence with our enemies and maybe even ultimately an era of genuine peace," Shavit said.

The Israeli government website:

www.pmo.gov.il
See also:
cfr.org