HaMossad leModi'in uleTafkidim Meyuhadim (lit The Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations), often referred to as The Mossad or simply Mossad (lit. The Institute), is Israel's intelligence agency and is responsible for intelligence collection, counter-terrorism, covert operations such as paramilitary activities, and the facilitation of emigration (i.e. aliyah) where it is banned. It is one of the main Intelligence Community entities in Israel (along with Aman (military intelligence) and Shin Bet (internal security)), but its director reports directly to the Prime Minister. Its role and function is like that of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the U.S., the Secret Intelligence Service in the United Kingdom, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) in Canada and the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) in Australia.
By way of deception, thou shalt do war
The Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations, otherwise known as the Mossad, has been appointed by the State of Israel to collect information, analyze intelligence, and perform special covert operations beyond its borders.
Where no counsel is, the people fall, but in the multitude of counselors there is safety" Proverbs XI/14.
Over the years, the Mossad has expanded into many fields, the most prominent of which are:
- Covert intelligence gathering beyond Israel’s borders.
- Preventing the development and procurement of non-conventional weapons by hostile countries.
- Preventing terrorist acts against Israeli targets abroad.
- Developing and maintaining special diplomatic and other covert relations.
- Bringing Jews home from countries where official Aliya agencies are not allowed to operate.
- Producing strategic, political and operational intelligence.
- Planning and carrying out special operations beyond Israel’s borders.