Most Mossad agents are Israelis, but often the agency recruits spies from other countries who are sent to infiltrate Israel’s enemies according to the particular skills the task requires. In this case, a special agent was recruited, unlike any other in the past… it was a vulture.
Israel Today (h/t Frederic F) The official Saudi report determined that the “Mossad agent” was an Israeli vulture armed with photographic and “espionage” equipment. Saudi security forces were on their way to place him under arrest and take the bird away for interrogation.
It is well known that the Mossad is responsible for Israel’s security outside its borders and that the famous Israeli spy agency sometimes uses a variety of agents with different identities to infiltrate Arab countries.
But in this case, the bird was innocent, not a Mossad agent at all, but a vulture with a tracking device attached to his body by the Veterinary Department of Tel-Aviv University. The department is exploring the migration of birds in the region.
MF In January 2016 an enormous vulture (its wingspan was 6 feet, 5 inches!) was captured flying over Lebanon after arousing suspicion because it had a tracker on its tail. Lebanese villagers seized the poor bird and accused Israel of training it as a spy. In fact, the bird was part of an effort by Tel Aviv University and others to re-introduce raptors to the Middle East. After a few ruffled feathers, the vulture was returned to Israel.
About nine years ago, the Egyptians caught a shark along the coast of Sinai and immediately suspected that the Israelis had sent the fish, and spread such rumors around the region and the world. “They say that the Israeli Mossad has released a lethal shark into the Red Sea in order to undermine tourism in Egypt,” the governor of the South Sinai district, Muhammad Abd al-Fadil Shusha, told an Egyptian news agency.
As strange as it may sound, many people believe these reports, and some of the animals were actually executed as punishment for cooperating with the “Zionist enemy.”
Hamas naval commandos have arrested a dolphin they say was spying for Israel off the coast of Gaza. The Palestinian daily Al-Quds reports they confiscated “spying equipment” from the finned agent. Count the Mossad dolphin as the latest member of the zoological Zionist conspiracy: Israel’s neighbors have been locking up finned and feathered 007s for years now.
In 2013, a plucky Egyptian fisherman captured what he thought was a swan wearing a suspicious electronic device in 2013. As pictures of the jailed bird emerged, it soon became clear that it was a stork. This mistaken identity did not prevent the Egyptians from accusing the French of training the bird as a spy. The bird turned out to be was in fact wearing a tracking device in order for French academics to study its migration routes.
A lot of this hysteria stems from the trauma inflicted by the success of Israeli spy Eli Cohen, who in the 1960s had so successfully infiltrated Syria that he was appointed by the Syrian president as the country’s Minister of Defense. Middle East Arabs have yet to get over the scandal of the Cohen affair, and tend to attribute a lot of internal problems and abnormal incidents to the Israeli spy agency.