Red Sea Spies
Sunday, Oct 18 | Noon
The True Story of Mossad’s Fake Diving Resort This is the true story that inspired the Netflix film ‘The Red Sea Diving Resort.’ In the early 1980s on a remote part of the Sudanese coast, a new luxury holiday resort opened for business. Designed for divers, it attracted guests from around the world.
Little did the vacationers know that the staff were undercover spies, working for the Mossad – the Israeli secret service! Providing a front for covert night-time activities, the holiday village allowed the agents to carry out an operation unlike any seen before. What began with one cryptic message pleading for help, turned into the secret evacuation of thousands of Ethiopian Jews who had been languishing in refugee camps, and the spiriting of them to Israel. Written in collaboration with operatives involved in the mission, endorsed as the definitive account and including an afterword from the commander who went on to become the head of the Mossad, this is the complete, never-before-heard, gripping tale of a top-secret and often hazardous operation.
Raffi Berg is the Middle East editor of the BBC News website. A journalist for nearly 30 years, he has a particular interest in events in Israel, from where he has reported extensively in times of war and peace. He graduated in Modern and Medieval History from the London School of Economics, and was a student of Jewish and Israel studies at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Raffi is based in London, where he lives with his family.
Raffi Berg will be joined by the real-life protagonist of his nonfiction:
Dani Limor, who served 25 years in the Mossad, with activities including leading the secret operation which evacuated Ethiopian Jews from Sudan to Israel at the command of Prime Minister Menachem Begin. Before joining the Mossad, he was an officer in the Israeli paratroopers and he has fought in four of Israel's wars. He is a founder of the Nachshon School for Social Leadership and is currently mapping emerging Jewish communities around the world for the Ministry of the Diaspora.