Yaakov Nimrodi

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Yaakov Nimrodi (Hebrew: יעקב נמרודי, born 1 June 1926)[1] is an Israeli businessman and former Israeli intelligence officer. Nimrodi, the father of Ofer Nimrodi, was the chairman of Maariv, which he acquired in 1992.

Biography[edit]

Yaakov Nimrodi was born in Jerusalem, one of ten children. He was recruited into intelligence work at the age of 16, by Yitzhak Navon, a childhood friend who later became President of Israel. Nimrodi joined a special unit of the Palmach which specialized in gathering intelligence on Arab countries.[2]

After Israeli independence in 1948, he was assigned to a military intelligence unit in the south of Israel, where he met Ariel Sharon, later Prime Minister of Israel.[3] In 1956, he was appointed the IDF military attaché and Israel Defense Ministry representative in Tehran. There he was involved in Israel's large-scale arms sales to Iran in the 1960s.[3] "No Israeli representative in Iran during the Shah's regime was more significant or influential than Nimrodi."[4] During this time Nimrodi provided "advice and training" to Iran's SAVAK secret service.[5]

Business career[edit]

Nimrodi returned to Israel after the fall of the Shah of Iran in 1979, but continued to be involved in arms trading,[3][6] including a $135m sale of arms to Iran in 1981.[7] Nimrodi played a central role in the early stages of the Iran-Contra affair.[8][9] He published a book on the affair in 2004.[10]

In 1987 Nimrodi acquired Israel Land Development Company for $26m. In 1992, he bought the Israeli newspaper Maariv [3]

Published works[edit]

  • התקווה והמחד: פרשת איראנגייט, Maariv Publishing, 2004 (Irangate: A Hope Shattered)

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