Rafi Eitan

Born in 1926, in Kibbutz Ein Harod.

Rafael “Rafi” Eitan is an Israeli politician and former intelligence officer. Till 2009 he leads Gil and was a former Minister of Pensioner Affairs. In the past, he was in charge of the Mossad operation that led to the kidnapping of Adolf Eichmann. He served as an advisor on terrorism to Prime Minister Menachem Begin, and in 1981 he was appointed to head the Bureau of Scientific Relations, then an intelligence entity on par with Mossad, Aman and Shabak. Eitan assumed responsibility for and resigned over the Jonathan Pollard affair, and the Bureau was disbanded. From 1985 until 1993, he was head of the government’s Chemicals company, which was expanded under his leadership. After 1993, he became a businessman, noted for several large scale agricultural and construction ventures in Cuba.


This little man, who looks exactly like the old man in UP, is Rafi Eitan, most known from arresting Eichmann with the Mossad. But how did StinkyRafi (as he was nicknamed for walking through sewers to blow up the British Radar on Mount Carmel IN Haifa as retaliation for the British sending the boat Exodus back to Hamburg) end up in intelligence? This is a war story that you will hear in The Youth of 1948 Project – Documentary.

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