Book Festival: Red Sea SpiesDate: February 1, 2021Time: 1:00 pm
Red Sea Spies: The True Story of Mossad’s Fake Diving Resort
Monday, February 1, 2021 • 1:00PM
What began with one cryptic message pleading for help, turned into the secret evacuation of thousands of Ethiopian Jews and the spiriting of them to Israel.
In the early 1980s, on a remote part of the Sudanese coast, a new luxury resort opened for business. Catering to divers, it attracted guests from around the world. Little did the guests know that the staff members were undercover spies, working for the Mossad — the Israeli secret service. This page-turner tells the true story that inspired the recent Netflix drama The Red Sea Diving Resort.
Raffi Berg is the Middle East editor of the BBC News website, and has extensive experience reporting on Israel and the wider region. His article, “scratching the surface of this story”, was the most read original feature in the history of the site, with more than 5 and a half million readers to date.
Dani Limor was born and raised in Montevideo, Uruguay. He emigrated to Israel on his own at the age of 16 and went on to serve in the Israel Defense Forces as an officer in the Paratroopers Brigade. Dani participated in four wars between 1967 and 1982, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. In 1968 he was recruited to the Mossad, where he served in various capacities for 25 years. Among his many tasks, he commanded Operation Brothers which spirited Ethiopian Jews out of Sudan and onward to Israel. After retirement, Dani still conducted projects for the agency. Currently, he is mapping emerging Jewish communities around the world in places like Africa, Asia and Latin America for the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs. Alongside his official work, Dani is also a founding member of the Nachshon School for Social Leadership, a pre-military academy which equips young people with the skills to better Israeli society.