The Other Side of Deception

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The Other Side of Deception
Author Victor Ostrovsky
Country United States
Language English
Subject Mossad
Publisher HarperCollins
Publication date
Pages 315
ISBN 978-0060176358
Preceded by By Way of Deception

The Other Side of Deception is a follow-up to the best-selling nonfiction book By Way of Deception by Victor Ostrovsky, a former Mossad agent with operational knowledge, plus a bibliography of newspaper articles in support of original book.


The book concerns the concept of a Mossad divide and conquer strategy, pitting secular Arabs against Islamist Arabs and between Arab Muslims and Non-Arab Muslims such as between Iran and Iraq. Mossad assists Hamas in destroying the PLO and creates a civil war between the secular and Islamist factions of the Palestinians. The book was written in 1994, but his predictions came true with the election of Hamas in the Gaza strip and the civil war that broke through between Hamas and the PLO.[1][dead link] The relations between Hamas and Mossad soured after the Second intifada which occurred after the writing of this book.

In the Iran–Contra affair, Israel helps arm the Iranians during the Iran-Iraq war with the ultimate goal of using Iran to create major damage to Iraq. Iraq was too busy to retaliate.

Mossad poisons German politician Uwe Barschel, who had helped Mossad in their dealings with the Iranians but was going to reveal the secrets of his dealings. The murder was very unusual because his corpse was found fully clothed in a bathtub full of water in an attempt to make it look like a suicide. In July 2011, German authorities announced that they would re-open the murder investigation of Uwe Barchel. [2].

Mossad coordinates the assassination of Israeli general Yekutiel Adam. General Adam was chosen as the head of Mossad but was hated by the right wing extremists within Mossad who coordinated the assassination when the general went to Lebanon. The death of General Adam was reported as a combat casualty but Victor Ostrovsky states that friends of his who were active in Mossad tells him that a right wing clique in Mossad had paid a Palestinian to assassinate the General and that a picture of General Adam was found in the pocket of the Palestinian assassin working for Mossad. In mid-February 1986, the Mossad allegedly planted a radio relay device – the “Trojan” – in a rented apartment in Tripoli, the capital of Libya.

On page 248 the book reports Mossad involvement in the Ustica Massacre (Itavia Flight 870) through a conversation taking place at the end of January 1990 in an hotel in Ottawa (Canada) between author and an English colleague: "Do you believe or think or know if the Mossad may have had any involvement in what happened to Flight 103 over Lockerbie?". I was dumbfounded. It took me several seconds to realize what the man had asked me. I responded almost automatically. "No way." "Why?" "No reason. Just no way, that's all. Up to this point, every time Israel or the Mossad has been responsible for the downing of a plane, it's been an accident, and related directly to the so-called security of the state, like the shooting down of the Libyan plane over the Sinai and the Italian plane (thought to carry uranium) in 1980, killing eighty-one people. There is no way that they'd do this."