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Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations – Mossad (Israel)

HaMosad LeModi'in U'LeTafkidim Meyuhadim,

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The Mossad (lit. Institute) is the well-known name of the Israeli intelligence service. Its full name is HaMosad LeModi'in U'LeTafkidim Meyuhadim or Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations and it is the Israeli eqvivalent of the British MI6 or the American CIA, which in general sense means that it only operates outside the state boundaries.
Dov Gutterman
, 31 October 2002


Newspaper Yedioth Aharonot of 31 October 2002 published a photo showing the Israeli prime minister with the previous and the new heads of the Mossad. On the right corner of the photo, one can see part of the Mossad flag. The flag is white, charged with the Menorah from the state emblem in blue. There is an inscription in blue above the emblem which seems to be the Mossad motto (a phrase from the Bible). The bottom of the flag cannot be seen, but it possibly bears an inscription with the Mossad name.
Dov Gutterman
, 31 October 2002

According to this Mossad webpage, their motto is Where no counsel is, the people fall, but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety (Proverbs 11:14).
Santiago Dotor
, 8 February 2006

No, on the flag there was another phrase from Proverbs 24:6. In this website it is translated as For by wise guidance thou shalt make thy war.
Dov Gutterman
, 8 February 2006

At this website I found what is probably on the flag in modern Hebrew text.
António Martins
, 9 February 2006

The Emblem

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