Agent Who Nabbed Vanunu Killed in Accident (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gil Ronen 07/17/12)
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Giora Weiss-Tzahor, who headed the Mossad operation that located
nuclear spy Mordechai Vanunu so he could be brought to justice, was
killed in a bicycle accident Monday. Tzahor, who was 70, was crossing
a road between two agricultural fields on his mountain bicycle when
he was hit by a truck. He was taken to Hillel Yafe Hospital in Hadera
where efforts to save him failed.
Israeli newspapers are not publishing his photograph even after his
His funeral will take place at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday in Hadera Cemetery.
Born in Europe in 1941, he visited Israel for the first time when he
was 17. A year later he made aliyah on his own and served in the
Armored Corps as an officer. He was seriously wounded during a battle
near Shechem in the Six Day War and his doctors were convinced he
would die. However, he recovered and received a Citation of Valor
from then-Chief of Staff Yitzchak Rabin.
According to Yediot Aharonot, Tzahor headed the operation that
located rogue nuclear technician Mordechai Vanunu back to Israel
after he had taken photographs inside the nuclear facility at Dimona
and given them to the London Sunday Times, in 1986.
Another Mossad unit used a female agent to tempt Vanunu to travel to
Italy, and it is believed that he was abducted from there and brought
to Israel to stand trial.
Tzahor co-founded and later headed the elite Kidon unit of the
Mossad. According to foreign publications, Kidon specializes in
assassinations outside of Israel. (IsraelNationalNews © 2011 07/17/12)
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