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Netanel Semrik interviews Major General Danny Yatom about his new book - The Labyrinth of Power

January 17, 2016

 

 

 

NETANEL SEMRIK:  Major General Danny Yatom, the former director of the

Mossad.  First of all, thank you for joining us. 

MAJOR GENERAL DANNY YATOM:  Thank you very much for inviting me. 

NETANEL SEMRIK:  A few minutes after the launch of the new international 

book, the English version, if you could share with us your emotions, your 

thoughts? 

DANNY YATOM:  I'm very excited.  It was a long dream to publish the book in 

English and some other foreign languages.  It was published in Hebrew and now, 

I think, it is going to be an international book rather than an Israeli book, although 

it is written, of course, by me, an Israeli.  The main reason for me to write the 

book and to publish it in some other languages than Hebrew --

NETANEL SEMRIK:  English, Chinese. 

DANNY YATOM:  English, Chinese, etc.  I hope that many others.  The main 

reason and the main goal is to let people know and understand what was 

happening and what was going behind closed doors and closed windows in the 

very long journey that we have done, but did not complete yet.  For peace in the 

Middle East.

NETANEL SEMRIK:  When you are talking about closed doors, you are 

emphasizing, for instance, the Israeli Mossad, the Prime Minister's office, the 

offices in which the peacemaking and the war-making, the decisions were done? 

DANNY YATOM:  That's true.  Those offices and rooms that usually the public 

does not have any access to, like my office, when I directed the Mossad, the 

office of the Prime Minister, but also the rooms where we negotiated with the 

Jordanians, the Palestinians, the Syrians and the Lebanese in order to try and 

bring a much better situation and life to the Middle East.

NETANEL SEMRIK:  And you are talking about the vision of better life.  If you 

would pick one story, one picture, one president, one prime minister, that you 

would like that the international reader, in English or in Chinese or in Russian, 

will take to his heart, what picture, what venue will you take him? 

DANNY YATOM:  There are many, many memories and I have many, many 

pictures - not only in the book but also in my imagination.  But I think that the 

Prime Minister that contributed more than others to the State of Israel and also to 

the peace process during those days was the late Yitzchak Rabin to whom I 

served as his Military Advisor, twice.  He was fully committed to serve the 

interests of the State of Israel, amongst many, and one of the first ones was his 

relentless efforts to try and to achieve peace with our neighbors, because being a 

soldier as he was, since he was 16, he knew very well that war will not solve the 

Israeli-Palestinian or the Israeli-Arab conflict.  

We were engaged in too many wars with our neighbors, and Rabin said that 

there should be another way than a war, and he embarked on the path of peace 

and he was ready to negotiate as long as it was needed and to make all efforts 

needed and to make concessions as well so that the life of next generations and 

the generation of our kids, but also our grandchildren and great-grandchildren will 

live in a peaceful Middle East and not in a Middle East torn to pieces, instead of a 

Middle East that lives in peace.

NETANEL SEMRIK:  Danny Yatom, I want to thank you so much for this first 

step of the publishing process, and on behalf of all the team here in Contento, I 

want to thank you for joining now Contento TV and thank you very much.  

Starting the next phase of marketing, of promotion of the book in a variety of 

languages.  Thank you. 

DANNY YATOM:  And of course I would like to thank you, Netanel, and your 

wonderful team, for being so professional and doing whatever is needed and 

pushing wherever it was needed in order to publish this version in English.  

Thank you very much.

NETANEL SEMRIK:  Thank you.  Thank you General Danny Yatom, thank you. 

DANNY YATOM:  Thank you.

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