The head of Israel’s intelligence service, Mossad, has acknowledged the agency carries out “hundreds of thousands” of operations against “enemy countries” every year – the organization’s history of operations targeted against close allies went unmentioned.
Speaking at an October 2 ceremony honoring Mossad operatives, the agency’s director, Yossi Cohen, spoke of the “hundreds of thousands of operations” Mossad carried out annually in “enemy countries,” some of which were “complicated and daring.”
In particular, Cohen hailed his agency’s work against the “renewed threat” of Iran, particularly its military presence in Syria — and its ongoing focus on Hamas and Hezbollah.
“Mossad is strengthening its interior structure, along with new capabilities in order to face future challenges, and advanced technology in the intelligence systems, and building human forces and resources. We are working on all of this in order to be prepared for the challenges we might face to our capabilities to secretly carry out operations for many years ahead,” Cohen said.