Best summer read: “Shadow Strike: Inside Israel’s Secret Mission To Eliminate Syrian Nuclear Power.” I loved it so much, I’ve read it twice.


(Jerusalem, Israel) — Rarely do I love a book as much as this one — so much so that I’ve actually read it twice in the past few weeks.

Shadow Strike: Inside Israel’s Secret Mission to Eliminate Syrian Nuclear Power, by Yaakov Katz — The Jerusalem Post’s editor-in-chief, and a personal friend — is hands down the best non-fiction book of 2019, and a great summer read.

I invited him to breakfast earlier this week to tell him that and learn more about how he came to write it. Wish you could have joined us. It was a fascinating conversation.

Only one country in the world has ever destroyed a foreign nuclear program out of existence, Katz writes. That’s Israel, and she’s actually done it twice. The first time, Israel took out Iraq’s Osirak reactor in 1981. The second time, Israel took out Syria’s sole reactor in 2007. But how exactly did Israel find the until-then secret Syrian facility? How did they destroy it? Why haven’t they talked about this incredible mission until now? And why didn’t Washington take the lead and destroy the illegal Syrian reactor (built with the help of North Korea) first?

Katz takes us where no other reporter has gone before. Exclusive interviews with all the key political, intelligence and military officials involved in the operation in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Washington. The book is written like a novel, a first-rate political thriller. But it’s all true. Get it. Read it twice. Then invite Katz onto your radio show or to speak at your next conference. Believe me, you won’t be disappointed. 

Read the publisher’s description of the book, and order a copy on Amazon.





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