Mossad Director Yossi Cohen (Miriam Alster/Flash90) (Miriam Alster/Flash90)
Mossad Director Yossi Cohen

Mossad intelligence has also stopped at least 12 attacks in Turkey over the past three years, despite strained relations with Israel since 2010.

By United With Israel Staff

Israel’s Channel 12 reported on Tuesday that over the past three years, the Mossad, the country’s national intelligence agency, has prevented at least 50 terror attacks in 20 countries planned by Islamic terror groups and Iran.

Mossad also provided key information that thwarted a dozen attacks in Turkey, despite strained relations with Israel since 2010.

On May 31, 2010, “human rights activists” on board a Turkish flotilla attempted to break Israel’s naval blockade on Gaza, which was established in order to prevent the import of weapons to Hamas. The Mavi Marmara, the largest of the six ships, was intercepted by the IDF. It was found to be carrying weapons – with which they attacked the Israeli soldiers – and no food or medicine, despite the anti-Israel activists’ claim that they were carrying humanitarian aid. Ten Turkish activists were killed and several IDF soldiers were wounded in the fighting.

The other countries helped by Israel were not named in the Channel 12 report, although several are known.

In June 2018,  for instance, the Mossad supplied European spy agencies with vital intelligence that headed off an Iranian-led plot to bomb a Free Iran rally just outside of Paris, which was attended by 25,000 people.

In June of this year, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a cyber security conference in Tel Aviv that Israel had stopped “major” ISIS terror attacks in “dozens” of countries. These included a planned attack on an Etihad Airways flight from Australia to the United Arab Emirates in July 2017.

“That plane from Sydney to Abu Dhabi was going to be exploded in midair,” said Netanyahu. “We found out through our cyber activities, we found out that ISIS was going to do this, and so we alerted the Australian police and they stopped this, before it happened.”

The prime minister explained that this particular incident had been “leaked in the press, so I can talk about it,” but there are many more cases that have not been revealed.

Netanyahu suggested that people should multiply “50 times” that incident in order to understand how much Israel contributes to world security.

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