The Helen Bassel Endowment of the JPL presents

Red Sea Spies with author Raffi Berg

It was one of the Mossad’s most brazen acts of deception: a mission to smuggle a Biblical “lost tribe” of Jews from behind enemy lines, using a fake diving resort as cover. The operation – so outlandish in concept – inspired the Netflix movie The Red Sea Diving Resort, starring “Captain America” Chris Evans. Here Raffi Berg lifts the lid on the true story of how Israeli secret agents set up a hotel in Sudan in the early 1980s, acting as staff by day and people smugglers by night – all under the noses of the Sudanese authorities and guests. Berg’s book is the first full account of how the ruse was carried out, based on many interviews with the commander of the operation and members of his team. Berg brings his presentation to life with the use of remarkable original pictures and items gathered during his research, in an in-demand talk he has delivered to communities around the world.

‘Secret missions, brazen deceptions and thrilling, clandestine operations – Red Sea Spies has it all. But it has something more important, too – a genuine human mission that made a difference.’
David Hoffman, author of The Billion Dollar Spy

‘[A] thrilling and meticulous account.’The Times

Raffi Berg is the Middle East editor of the BBC News website. His work often takes him to Israel, while he is otherwise based in London, where he lives with his wife and two children.

This online event will take place on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, 4:00 pm ET
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