The Telegraph Israeli spy dramas fuel interest in joining deceptive Mossad company
It is typically considered the most deceptive and callous of all spy networks, emerging briefly from the shadows to face Israel’s enemies before disappearing once more. But a wave of nail-biting spy thrillers on streaming sites, along with last month’s high profile assassination of an Iranian researcher, have positioned Mossad securely in the public eye. Former spies in the elite intelligence service say it is always on the lookout for recruits as it adjusts to brand-new threats in the area, which television programs such as Apple TV’s “Tehran” and Netflix’s “The Spy,” are fuelling applications. “When people see the James Bond motion pictures, or Tehran, they want to belong of it,” previous Mossad agent Avner Avraham, who states it was 007 that initially drew him to the service, informed the Daily Telegraph. “You can take a trip, the federal government pays you, it’s fun, it’s sometimes hazardous and you are extremely happy to serve your country … and so people want to join,” said Mr Avraham, who worked as a Mossad officer for 28 years. “Tehran” in specific has some parallels with events unfolding in the real life today, as it features a young, female undercover Mossad representative on operations in the Iranian capital. On November 27, Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was gunned down near Tehran in an ambush that appeared to have been plucked straight from the script of the Israeli spy series, which was very first broadcast on public network Kan.