Mandela received Mossad weapons training

Late South African icon met with Israeli agents in Ethiopia in 1962 under the alias David Mobsari, Israeli document shows

Times of Israel

Nelson Mandela received training from Israel’s Mossad in the 1960s, an Israeli government document has revealed.

Mandela, the former South African president and anti-apartheid leader who died earlier this month, was trained by Mossad agents in weaponry and sabotage in 1962, according to a report in Haaretz that was based on a document in the Israel State Archives labeled “Top Secret.”

The document, a letter sent from the Mossad to the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, said Mossad operatives also attempted to encourage Zionist sympathies in Mandela, Haaretz reported.

Mandela led the struggle against apartheid in his country from the 1950s. He was arrested, tried and released a number of times before going underground in the early 1960s. In January 1962, he left South Africa and visited various African countries, including Ethiopia, Algeria, Egypt and Ghana.

Mandela met with the Israelis in Ethiopia, where he arrived under the alias David Mobsari.

The letter noted that Mandela “showed an interest in the methods of the Haganah and other Israeli underground movements” and that “he greeted our men with ‘Shalom,’ was familiar with the problems of Jewry and of Israel, and gave the impression of being an intellectual. The staff tried to make him into a Zionist,” the Mossad operative wrote.

“In conversations with him, he expressed socialist worldviews and at times created the impression that he leaned toward communism,” the letter continued, noting that the man who called himself David Mobsari was indeed Mandela.

This letter was discovered several years ago by David Fachler, 43, a resident of Alon Shvut, who was researching documents about South Africa for a master’s thesis.

  1. #1 by Listener in Portugal on 12/20/2013 - 9:34

    In the early 1960s Israel did court a number of violent anti-colonialist groups in Africa, including the Angolan FNLA and its precursor the UPA (União dos Povos de Angola), who were responsible for the bloody massacres of Portuguese colonists in northern Angola in 1961. Portuguese leader Salazar had a diplomatic conflict with JFK over US support for the FNLA, which during this period also had received aid and training from Israel. Portugal had no diplomatic relations with Israel until 1977. Oddly enough, after the murder of JFK the Lyndon Johnson administration intensified its support for the Portuguese counter-insurgency war and the problems between the USA and Salazar were basically overcome. With the 1974 military coup in Portugal and imminent withdrawal from Angola the FNLA, based in Leopoldville and backed by Zaire´s Mobuto Sese-Seko, evolved into the “CIA-choice” Angolan independence movement as Savimbi´s UNITA was still seen as an unknown entity with ties to Zambia and the Red Chinese. The CIA and, covertly, the South Africans attempted unsuccessfully to install FNLA leader Holden Roberto as president of Angola shortly after independence was proclaimed in November 1975.

  2. #2 by kittie kittie on 12/20/2013 - 9:34

    Fomenting internal racial strife while contemporaneously developing weapons of mass destruction (including nuclear). South Africa detonated and nuclear weapon and has since disarmed

    Conquer Through Division

  3. #3 by NLG on 12/20/2013 - 9:34

    Think about how clever they are. They release this because Bibi Nutcase & Shimony were no-shows at the funeral. Now that Mandela can’t speak for himself, they’re going to minimize his anti-Israel statements. Quite cowardly, though, since Mandela can’t respond. Is anything in this Mossad document verifiable by a third party, especially Msndels’s “interests” in their movement? I don’t believe a damn thing Mossad says. If they’re not outright lying, they’re spinning, always, for Zionism. I’m not saying Mandela was an angel. I’m just saying it’s a choice between bull and $hit, always, with Mossad.

  4. #4 by restinpieces on 12/20/2013 - 9:34

    But we know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.”
    [Address at The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People (4 December 1997)]
    ―Nelson Mandela

  5. #5 by johannes3v16 on 12/20/2013 - 9:34

  6. #6 by bigcree1 on 12/20/2013 - 9:34

    Very interesting! I don’t doubt this report at all.

  7. #7 by Luggo on 12/21/2013 - 9:34

    Weren’t you just supporting this guy a week ago???

    Ed note–No, in fact I went out of my way in making clear that we had no opinion one way or the other concerning Mandela, and that our reason for running the stories about him were to explain why his pro Palestinian/pro iranian stance was the reason Israel viewed him as an enemy.

  8. #8 by Listener in Portugal on 12/21/2013 - 9:34

    As with anything coming from Israeli sources this story may or may not be true, and it cannot be ruled out that this was released as “damage control” since Mandela is looked at favourably by 99% of the world´s public and Israel´s role as the main foreign supporter of the apartheid regime is increasingly well known. The ANC was indeed in the communist sphere but what one must understand is that during this period of world history the Soviet Union had estranged relations with Israel due to differences over Soviet support of various Arabs regimes and restrictions on emigration of Jews. The situation was such that normal diplomatic relations were only resumed after the collapse of communism in 1991. In the 1960s and 1970s the sphere of Soviet allies included the PLO and the governments of Syria, Iraq, Algeria, Yemen and Nasserite Egypt. Cuba also played an important role in backing the ANC, especially via Angola, and the historical conflict between the Castro regime and certain organized Jewish interests over the closing of casino gambling by Castro is well documented as anyone who has studied the JFK assassination can attest. A little known aspect of Israeli involvement in South Africa was the homeland system and especially the formal “independence” of some of the tribal homelands in 1976. These countries were recognized by no state other than South Africa but Israel and the local pro-Zionist Jewish community seemed to have a suspiciously disproportional number of investments and economic deals with these entities. Among such ventures is the casino gambling resort centre of Sun City located in the Republic of Bophuthatswana.

  9. #9 by persnipoles on 12/21/2013 - 9:34

    don’t necessarily doubt it, but I could see it as a way (now) to ride the coat-tails of a possibly overblown ‘hero.’ E.g., didn’t they sorta claim Bobby Fischer?

  10. #10 by m on 12/22/2013 - 9:34

    Mark please post this story to share with others the disinformation that might be going on. I am from South Africa and took this from our local online newspaper. You can google independent online south africa to find it. I just wanted to counter the disinformation that might be out there.

    ‘Mandela was not trained by Israelis’


    The Nelson Mandela foundation has quashed reports that the former president received training from Israeli agents in 1962.

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    Johannesburg – The Nelson Mandela foundation on Saturday quashed reports that the former president received training from Israeli agents in 1962.

    “Media have picked up on a story alleging that in 1962 Nelson Mandela interacted with an Israeli operative in Ethiopia,” the foundation said in a statement.

    “The Nelson Mandela Foundation can confirm that it has not located any evidence in Nelson Mandela’s private archive…..that he interacted with an Israeli operative during his tour of African countries in that year.”

    British national daily newspaper the Guardian website reported on Friday, that Mandela apparently underwent weapons training by Mossad agents in Ethiopia in 1962 without the Israeli secret service knowing his true identity.

    They attributed their report to “an intriguing secret letter lodged in the Israeli state archives”.

    The site reported that the missive, revealed by the Israeli paper Haaretz – two weeks after Madiba’s death – that he was instructed in the use of weapons and sabotage techniques, and was encouraged to develop Zionist sympathies.

    The foundation has however denied that such a thing occurred.

    “In 1962 Mr Mandela received military training from Algerian freedom fighters in Morocco and from the Ethiopian Riot Battalion at Kolfe outside Addis Ababa, before returning to South Africa in July 1962.”

    “In 2009 the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s senior researcher travelled to Ethiopia and interviewed the surviving men who assisted in Mandela’s training and no evidence emerged of an Israeli connection,” read the statement.

    Mandela died on December 5 in his Houghton home in Johannesburg and was buried in Qunu in the Eastern Cape on Sunday.


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