Kill Khalid: Mossad's Failed Hit-- and the Rise of Hamas


September 1997, in an Amman street in broad daylight five men purporting to be Canadian tourists, accost a Palestinian and inject a mysterious chemical into his ear. Within 48 hours it should kill him and leave no trace. The perfect political assassination. In fact, the assailants were Mossad agents; their target was Khalid Mishal, at that time head of Hamas's political bureau in Jordan. But, after 48 hours, Khalid was not dead; instead, the Prime Minister of Israel, the President of the United States and the King of Jordan were locked in intense negotiations to save his life. Kill Khalidbegins with one of the most bizarre assassination attempts in the last quarter century and follows its participants as they grapple with the unforeseen outcome of this drama. In a headlong narrative - with high-speed car chases, negotiated prisoner exchanges, and an international scandal that threatened to destabilize the entire region - Paul McGeough uses unprecedented interviews with Khalid Mishal himself and the key players in Amman, Jerusalem and Washington to tell the definitive, inside story of the rise of Hamas. "This is that rare and most exciting of books - a serious political history that reads like a fast-paced thriller. The cast includes presidents, politicians, spies, diplomats and murderers who play out their destinies against a background of conspiracy and intrigue." Phillip Knightley

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Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Crows Nest, N.S.W.
Publication year:
  • 2009