Nov. 8, 2017
- Operation Harpoon: How the Mossad and an Israeli NGO Destroyed Terrorist Money Networks – Yonah Jeremy Bob
Operation Harpoon was a revolutionary Israeli intelligence operation to thwart terrorism financing initiated by the legendary Mossad chief Meir Dagan. Harpoon dealt Hizbullah, Hamas, Fatah’s Yasser Arafat and other terrorist groups major blows. The development and achievements of Harpoon against terrorism financing over the last 20 years are revealed in Harpoon: Inside the Covert War Against Terrorism’s Money Masters, by Shurat Hadin director Nitsana Darshan-Leitner and Samuel Katz. Shurat Hadin was one of several law firms/NGOs that Harpoon operatives approached to help get at terrorists’ financing through lawsuits.
After 9/11 they helped get the U.S. intelligence community to view terrorism financing as a long-term strategic problem and not a mere short-term tactical issue. While the CIA and FBI would “follow the money” of a particular terrorist cell to seize it, only the Treasury and Justice departments understood Dagan’s strategic concept of taking out terrorists’ ability to bank and of driving up their cost of moving money globally.
The book contends that Israel’s final blow to bring an end to the 2014 Gaza war with Hamas came about “by incinerating the Hamas finance minister’s millions of dollars in cash for salaries he was delivering to suicide terrorists.” (Jerusalem Post)
See also The Soldier Spy – Nitsana Darshan-Leitner
Harpoon targeted the hundreds of millions of dollars that Yasser Arafat stole from Western aid money that was used to fund suicide bombers. Harpoon mobilized military units to target the money men who made millions in profits handling wire transfers and loans. Funds destined for terrorist cells were confiscated. Harpoon also attacked a drug smuggling empire that Hizbullah ran in South America to finance its efforts against Israel and the U.S.
Harpoon targeted banks and bankers, using sophisticated computer hacking to peek inside Hizbullah’s financial secrets; scams were used to defraud Hizbullah’s top leadership. And Harpoon launched a crippling offensive against a Lebanese bank that helped to finance Hizbullah operations against Israel and against U.S. forces in Iraq. Mossad director Meir Dagan’s “follow the money and destroy the money” playbook became the template used by the U.S. with great success in the battle against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The writer is president of Shurat HaDin, an Israeli law center that has represented hundreds of terror victims in lawsuits around the world. (PJ Media)