Written by Staff Writer
21 Dec, 2013 | 1:08 pm
Nelson Mandela received judo, sabotage and weapons training from Mossad agents in Ethiopia, it has been claimed
A top secret letter from Mossad – Israel’s intelligence service – to the foreign ministry from 1962 discloses that the training took place that year, when Mandela fled South Africa in order to lobby leaders of other African states for financial and military support for the armed wing of the ANC.
Mandela approached the Israeli Embassy in Ethiopia with the greeting ‘Shalom’, using the alias of ‘David Mobsari’, reported the Israeli daily Haaretz, citing the extracts of the letter published for the first time.
Mossad were unaware of the true identity of Mobsari until they saw a photo of Mandela months later. Over the course of his training, Mossad reported that Mandela was particularly interested in the methods of the Haganah, the pre-state military force. In return, Mossad agents encouraged Mandela to identify with Zionism.
“As you may recall, three months ago we discussed the case of a trainee who arrived at the [Israeli] embassy in Ethiopia by the name of David Mobsari who came from Rhodesia,” states the letter as quoted in Haaretz.
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