This book is very well written, full of personal stories and anecdotes. Emanuel Shahaf digs deep into the complexity of his journey into the Jewish State and his commitment to serve the country he loves so much. He talks about his long career in the Army and as Mossad Head of Station in Southeast Asia. He doesn’t shy away from sharing the ups and downs of his personal life either, offering a glimpse into his relationship with his partners and parents. Emanuel closes the book by putting forth a thoughtful political solution to the conflict that has been consuming Israel and Palestine for far too long. In short, this book is a must read. –Amazon Reviewer
“Emanuel Shahaf has succeeded in producing a book that reflects both a rich career in the field together with a profound understanding of the deeper significance of the period he has lived through. Any person either interested in experiencing a period of active life in the region or who wishes to delve into the culture and characteristics of key figures who made history will benefit considerably from a very good read.” – Ephraim Halevy, 9th Director of the Mossad.
Part autobiography, part concise political treatise, Emanuel Shahaf tells his story from childhood in Germany, how he found his destiny in the Jewish State, served in the Israel Air Force and later on as Mossad Head of Station in South East Asia. His path leads him to insights of significance in the rapidly changing world that Israel has to adapt to. His political engagement in conjunction with his diverse background and experience has taught him to consider identities for a new Israel that are of relevance to all those who have Israel’s future at heart. An easy and sometimes funny read with an optimistic outlook for all those who are concerned about the path Israel is taking today.
The book outlines a new and unique approach that may enable a resolution of the deadlock Israel has found itself in politically and diplomatically, an approach that doesn’t belong to either side of the political map.
Emanuel Shahaf, Co-Chair of the Federation Movement and political and social activist served the country for 21 years in the Air Force and the Mossad in Israel and abroad retiring as head of a station in South East Asia. Based on his accumulated experience he proposes a federation in the Land of Israel as an alternative political solution to the conflict with the Palestinians.
About the Author
Emanuel Shahaf, Co-Chair of the Federation Movement and political and social activist was born and raised in Germany and emigrated to Israel on his own at the age of 18. After studying aerospace engineering he served the country for 21 years in the Air Force and later the Mossad in Israel and abroad retiring after a stint as head of station in South East Asia. After retiring from government service in 2003 he became a political and social activist which lead him to propose a federation in the Land of Israel as an alternative political solution to the conflict with the Palestinians.