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David Kimche

Born: 1928
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 8-Mar-2010
Location of death: Ramat Hasharon, Israel
Cause of death: Cancer - Brain

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Spy

Nationality: Israel
Executive summary: Israeli spy, masterminded Iran-Contra

Military service: Arab-Israeli War (1947-49)

As a loyal Israeli with an English accent and background in journalism, Kimche was ideally suited as Mossad agent. He was an active player in geopolitical intrigue, as Ephraim Kahana wryly notes: "Kimche habitually appeared in an African country a day or two before a major coup and left a week later after the new regime was firmly in control." But Kimche was most notorious for his role in the Iran-Contra affair, where he suggested that the US supply arms to Israel, who laundered them for Iran in return for freeing American hostages held in Lebanon. The deal remained secret until 1986, when its publication resulted in disastrous consequences on the American political scene. After retirement from the Mossad, he served in the equivalent position of deputy director of the Israeli Foreign Ministry for six years.

Brother: Jon Kimche
Wife: Ruth (until his death, four children)

    University: Hebrew University
    University: Institute for African and Asian Studies, Sorbonne

    Israel Council of Foreign Relations President
    Israeli Official Director-General, Foreign Ministry (1980-86)
    Mossad Agent (1953-80)
    The Jerusalem Post Paris Correspondent
    Iran-Contra Scandal

Author of books:
The Secret Roads: The "Illegal" Migration of a People, 1938-1948 (1955, with Jon Kimche)
Both Sides of the Hill: Britain and the Palestine War (1960, with Jon Kimche)
The Sandstorm: The Arab-Israeli War of June, 1967: Prelude and Aftermath‎ (1968, with Dan Bawley)
The Afro-Asian Movement: Ideology and Foreign Policy of the Third World (1973)
The Last Option: After Nasser, Arafat and Saddam Hussein (1991)


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