David Kimche

David Kimche, Top Israeli Spy, Dies At 82

03/11/2010

(JTA) — David Kimche, the spy who played a key role in Israel’s 1980s entanglements with Iran and Lebanon, died Monday of brain cancer. He was 82.

Kimche, born in Britain, fought in Israel’s Independence War, and joined the fledgling Mossad by 1953 after reporting for a short period for the Jerusalem Post.

By the time Kimche retired as Mossad deputy director in 1979 to join the Begin administration as the Foreign Ministry’s deputy director, he had been involved in some of the Mossad’s greatest triumphs and worst failures.

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