As described in Matti Friedman’s “Spies of No Country,”iIn the fight for a Jewish homeland, Israel’s first spies gathered essential intelligence, laying the groundwork for the Mossad.

Among them were Gamliel Cohen and Isaac Shoshan, who showed relentless bravery, infiltrating enemy lines and blending into the Arab world in daring efforts that were crucial for Israel’s survival.

00:00 Intro
00:57 Between Resolution 181 and Israeli Declaration of Independence
02:18 Pre-Mossad Israeli spies Gamliel Cohen and Isaac Shoshan
03:21 The Palmach and learning to be Arabs
04:39 The Arab Section and Mistaravim
05:26 The Tiger in Haifa
06:36 Arab suspicions and Jewish persistence
07:28 Gamliel Cohen in Beirut, Lebanon
08:57 Exploding Hitler’s yacht
10:24 The Arab Section’s success

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Executive Producer:
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Co-Executive Producer:
— Shmuel Katz
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Portuguese: Saymon Pires,, @safralivraria

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