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Triple cross
Toscano, Louis.
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Secaucus, NJ : Carol Pub. Group, 1990.
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321 pages ; 24 cm
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"A Birch Lane Press book."

Includes index.
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UA853.I8 T67 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Booklist Review

Toscano's book on Mordechai Vanunu, the Israeli nuclear technician who exposed Israel's nuclear weapons program to the world, is nothing less than an angry, no-holds-barred journalistic attack against the Jewish state. Toscano, whose wrathful prose fairly leaps off the page, paints a grim and exhaustively detailed picture of the duplicity, cynicism, and moral corruption of the Israeli defense establishment and certain elements of government officialdom. Unfortunately, he makes no serious effort to explain the Israeli side of the issue. For instance, is it too much to ask that, when referring so contemptuously to Israel's "siege mentality," he could also point out that the origin and continued existence of this mentality is rooted in the very real state of siege in which Israel still finds itself? A provocative analysis, recommended for large Middle Eastern collections. Notes; no index. --Steve Weingartner

Publisher's Weekly Review

In 1985 a technician named Mordechai Vananu took photos of the secret Israeli nuclear bomb factory at Dimon where he was employed. Calling his act an ideological protest, he sold the pictures to a British newspaper. The report caused an international sensation and, for Israel, an acute crisis. After the story broke, Vananu was lured into a ``honeytrap'' by a female Mossad agent and abducted back to Israel where he was convicted of treason and sentenced to 18 years in prison. Toscano, former UPI Jerusalem bureau chief, offers evidence that the Israelis could have prevented the sale of the photos but calculatingly allowed Vananu to reveal the country's unknown nuclear might. The book's comprehensive account of the affair includes an analysis of Vananu's motives and eyewitness information on the high-level debate over how to deal with the repercussions. Though the decision to allow Vananu to publicize the secret arsenal was, according to Toscano, ``perhaps the best of the available options,'' the author of this impressive expose concludes that the determination of the Shimon Peres government to punish Vananu for doing so was unconscionable. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved