Winner of The 2023 National Jewish Book Awards for Hebrew Fiction in Translation and a best-selling Israeli espionage thriller that offers a rare glimpse into the secret world of Mossad spies and terrorists, all the while following the journey of a man searching for personal redemption.
Only once did Daniel’s tempestuous personality fail the brutal test forced upon him as an Israeli intelligence operative when he acted in complete contrast to the operational discipline required of him by the Mossad. As a result, he lost everything. Years later, Daniel embarks on a secret operation to redeem himself and restore meaning in his life. He infiltrates hostile territory to uncover a hidden national treasure allegedly buried at a psychiatric hospital. However, the operation quickly becomes complicated as more factions emerge to have a stake in the outcome. Meanwhile, Daniel immersing himself ever more in deep undercover work, all the while searching for his personal and national identity, finds himself in grave danger as he walks a tightrope to reassure his new community’s misgivings, ensuring his real identity is kept hidden.
Operation Bethlehem is not only a thrilling read, but it also explores existential questions and the tough decisions faced by those responsible for Israel’s security. The gripping plot is full of twists and turns, documenting the human reality behind the James Bond acts of espionage, and will leave you pondering the complex issues it raises long after you have turned the final page.