From the dust cover:
At Qadaffi's conclave of the world's master terrorists, the guest of honor vowed: "There will be no safety for any traveler on an Israeli or American aircraft."
When Pan Am flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, 270 innocent people died to fulfill that vow.
The Pan Am slaughter was a single salvo in Ahmed Jibril's thirty-year war of nerves against Israel and the West. Yet while his primacy among terrorists is well known, Jibril has remained a mystery - until now. Israel Versus Jibril, by military intelligence expert Samuel Katz, is the first book to analyze this criminal's savage brilliance and the lethal repercussions, around the world, of his shadow war.
The father of techno-terrorism, Jibril revolutionized underground warfare with a series of brutal firsts: He was the first to bomb instead of hijack planes; the first to launch commando raids directly on civilians; the first to attack by hang glider; the first to use letter bombs and other specialized weapons of terror; and the first to force Israel to bargain for hostages, breaking its long time ban. And the price he set for the release of three Israeli soldiers - freedom for 1,150 Arab prisoners - shocked the world with its ruthless aim of humiliation.
Israel Versus Jibril is a chilling portrait of the man who has eluded every snare that the world's most sophisticated security forces could set for him. Writing with the cooperation of the Israeli Defense Force, Katz had access to restricted intelligence files and to top Israeli and Palestinian security operatives. His research has yielded provocative new insights into Jibril's role in sparking the Lebanese civil war and the Intifadah in Israel; into his surprising financial and military entwinements in the Middle East and abroad; and into his canny construction of a mercentary strike force of techno-terrorists. Katz also offers the most accurate account to date of the destruction of Pan Am flight 103 and of the never-before-revealed secret Israeli mission that might have averted that mission.
CNN investigative reporter Steven Emerson writes: "Israel Versus Jibril is a non-stop political thriller far more realistic than Hollywood, documented and researched in meticulous detail. If you want an inside picture of the real world of terrorism and counter-terrorism that will keep you up all night, read this book!"
The most significant event in the book for me is Major General Amos Yaron arranging an exchange, always a delicate undertaking. Israel is very committed to bringing home both the fallen and a POW, as is the USMC, etc.
Endnotes, glossary, chronology, and index.