Part 5

By Keith Maart

Part 5: Sayanim: Israeli Intelligence’s Use of Jewish Individuals and Institutions in the United States and throughout the World


Israeli intelligence’s use of Jewish individuals (sayanim) and institutions throughout the world is a fact documented by several highly credible sources. The CIA is clearly aware of Mossad’s use of Zionist and Jewish individuals and organizations to leverage and aid its worldwide intelligence operations. The CIA’s Assessment of Israeli Intelligence (see Part 2) had this to say about Mossad’s use of sayanim:

“Unofficial Zionist organizations based in Israel and Jewish communities throughout the world also give aid to Israeli operations when needed… Individuals working under deep or illegal cover are normally charged with penetrating objectives that require a long-range, more subtle approach, or with activities in which the Israeli Government can never admit complicity.”[1]

Individuals working under deep or illegal cover often take on different identities which are commonly referred to as legends in intelligence jargon. The two deep cover operations by Israeli spies Eli Cohen and Johann Lotz discussed in the Israeli Intel Assessment in Part 2 shows how Israeli intelligence has planted operatives several years in advance of executing an operation. The same could have been done in the 9/11 operation, particularly as it applies to the three alleged pilot hijackers from Hamburg, Germany (see Parts 3, 4, and 20).

The CIA Assessment of Israeli Intelligence also shows that Israel uses Jewish individuals and organizations throughout the world to achieve its intelligence objectives. It has been confirmed by several other highly credible sources, that Israel uses Jewish/Zionist individuals in the U.S. to aid in their intelligence matters and operations. Thus, the use of U.S. Jewish individuals and institutions in the 9/11 false flag operation is likely, given all the other Israeli connections to the attacks (see Parts 28 to 33).

Ex-Mossad agent Victor Ostrovsky: Mossad has a "passport factory" to create and doctor passports
Ex-Mossad agent Victor Ostrovsky: Exposed Mossad’s use of sayanim in 1990

In his 1990 book, By Way of Deception, ex-Mossad case officer (“katsa”) Victor Ostrovsky divulged for the first time publicly Israel’s use of sayan (pl. sayanim) to assist in their worldwide intelligence operations. According to Ostrovsky, a sayan (Hebrew for “assistant”) is a Mossad operative recruited from among the Jewish Diaspora to help the Mossad with operations outside Israel, utilizing the capacity of their own nationality to procure assistance.”[2] The idea is to have a pool of people available when needed who can provide services but will keep quiet about them out of loyalty to Israel. Ostrovsky provides the following information and insight into the world of the Mossad sayanim:[3]

  • Mossad regards the whole world outside Israel as a target, including Europe and the United States.
  • Sayanim must be 100 percent Jewish. They live abroad, and although they are not Israeli citizens, many are reached through their relatives in Israel.
  • There are thousands of sayanim in the world. In London alone, there are about 2,000 who are active, and another 5,000 on the list.
  • Suppose during an operation a katsa (Mossad agent) suddenly had to come up with an electronics store as cover (i.e., a front company). A call to a sayan in the same business could bring 50 television sets, 200 VCR’s, – whatever was needed – from his warehouse to your building and in next to no time you’d have a store with $3 or $4 million worth of stock in it.
  • Some business sayanim have a bank of 20 operators answering phones, typing letters, faxing messages, all as a front for the Mossad.
  • Katsas in the stations (offices) are in charge of the sayanim, and most active sayanim will be visited by a katsa once every three months or so.

Ostrovsky’s book also provides important and pertinent insight into the Mossad’s New York and Washington units, which are simply called “Al” (Hebrew for “above” or “on top”). According to Ostrovsky, these units are so secretive, and so separate from the main organization, that the majority of Mossad employees don’t even know what they do, and do not have access to their computer files. But they exist and employ between 24 and 27 veteran field personnel, three as active katsas. These Al units report directly to the head of Mossad, and unlike normal Mossad stations, they do not operate from inside the Israeli embassy. Their stations are located in safe houses or apartments. The Al katsas are among the most experienced in Mossad and often carry illegal fake U.S. passports. They get away with this because the quality of their documents is first class.[4]

Meir Amit:  Stated that he created the sayanim secret force known as "Israel's invisible army"
Meir Amit: Ex-Mossad chief who stated that he created the sayanim secret force known as “Israel’s invisible army”

Ostrovsky further states that “The Mossad still doesn’t admit to the existence of Al. Inside the institute, it’s said that the Mossad does not work in the U.S. but most Mossad people know that Al exists, even if they don’t know exactly what it does.”[5]Coincidently, at least two of the Dancing Israelis arrested in the New York area on Sept. 11, and discussed in detail in Part 21, were confirmed Mossad operatives, most likely working with the very secretive New York Al unit. It’s very likely that Mossad’s New York and Washington Al units were the group who headed Mossad’s participation in the 9/11 operation.

In Ostrovsky’s second (1994) book, The Other Side of Deception, he discusses how the Mossad’s terrorism seminars to law enforcement personnel in other countries are used as recruiting tools, and estimated that such operations brought Mossad hundreds, if not thousands, of law enforcement recruits in the United States alone.[6] Ostrovsky also states that Mossad has more than three thousand sayanim in Great Britain and maintains over a hundred safe houses in the Greater London area alone.[7] If the Mossad had that many safe houses in London, how many did they have in New York, which is larger and more strategic stronghold?

An important point made in Ostrovsky’s two books is that certain elements of the Mossad act independently and often illegally with no accountability to the Prime Minister of Israel or to anyone else. In his prologue to By Way of Deception, Ostrovsky states, “The Mossad, being the intelligence body entrusted with the responsibility of plotting the course for the leaders at the helm of the nation, has betrayed that trust. Plotting on its own behalf, and for petty self-serving reasons, it has set the nation on a collision course with all-out war.”[8] Indeed, these were the characteristics of the Mossad that led to their involvement in the 9/11 operation.

Gordon Thoms: UK intelligence author with inside to Israeli intelligence
Gordon Thoms: UK intelligence author with inside to Israeli intelligence

British intelligence author Gordon Thomas confirms Mossad’s worldwide use of sayanim in his 2007 updated book, Gideon’s Spies: The Secret History of the Mossad. Much of Thomas’s information comes from discussions with high level ex-Mossad agent Rafi Eitan and from ex-Mossad chief (1963-68) Meir Amit. Amit states, “While their allegiance to their birth country cannot be doubted, each sayan recognizes a greater loyalty: the mystical one to Israel and a need to help protect it from its enemies.” Amit stated that he created the sayanim secret force, known as Israel’s “invisible army,” to protect Israel’s many interests in the U.S.[9]

Thomas states that in 1998, there were over four thousand sayanim in Britain and almost four times as many in the United States. The Mossad was paying several hundred million dollars a month maintaining its “assets,” paying the expenses of sayanim, running safe houses, providing logistics, and covering operational costs.[10]

Rafi Eitan: Sayanim handler and Israeli spymaster who has hurt the U.S. often
Rafi Eitan: Sayanim handler and Israeli spymaster who has hurt the U.S. often

Rafi Eitan is an ex-Mossad and Israeli intelligence officer whose actions have harmed U.S. interests time and time again, and is a central figure in the mid-1980s Jonathan Pollard spy case, and also in the theft of U.S.-manufactured enriched uranium for Israel’s nuclear program in the 1960s (see Part 7). He confided to Thomas that by April 2004, and traveling on Israeli diplomatic passports, he had made several secret trips to the U.S. to supervise the mobilization of thousands of sayanim, many of whom received weapons (ordnance?) training during their military careers. Others had worked in U.S. military intelligence and a number were currently employed by police forces across the country.[11]

Although Amit and Eitan both give examples of relatively trivial services that sayanim may perform, it is likely that they downplayed the importance and more critical functions that they provide. Their statements to Thomas were almost certainly disinformation. Indeed, the discussion of two powerful and influential sayanim in Part 6, namely, Robert Maxwell and Aron Milchan, shows that high level sayanim can be counted on to perform illegal and immoral acts that benefit Israel.

Parts 7 to 9 will show that U.S. sayanim have assisted Israel in previous counterintelligence crimes, false flag attacks, and in other illegal operations. Parts 15 to 18 and 28 to 33 will discuss a number or U.S. sayanim who were likely involved in the 9/11 false flag operation. However, not all these individuals had knowledge of the entire operation and many were only counted on to perform compartmentalized functions. Part 11 will show that many U.S. Jews have a strong dual loyalty to Israel and have been denied security clearance because they were Jewish and Israel’s known history of using sayanim in the U.S. Part 12 will then discuss how several top Jewish officials in the Bush White House were previously investigated for spying on Israel’s behalf.

Part 5 References and Endnotes

[1] CIA Assessment of Israeli Intelligence, March 1979, published May-June 1982 by Counter Spy Magazine, and reprinted at at the following website:

[2]Victor Ostrovsky,,

[3]Victor Ostrovsky, By Way of Deception: The Making of a Mossad Officer, pages 86 – 89, Wilshire Press, Inc, 1990.

[4]Ibid, pages 269 – 272

[5]Ibid, page 286

[6]Victor Ostrovsky, The Other Side of Deception, Harper Collins, 1994, pages 226-27

[7]Ibid, page 136

[8] Ibid, Prologue

[9]Gordon Thomas, Gideon Spies: The Secret History of the Mossad, Updated 2007 Version, St. Martins Press,  page 412.

[10]Ibid, page 64

[11]Ibid, page 412



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