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June 14, 2004
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A retired Israeli top spy denied responsibility for a botched 1954 operation in Egypt. Binyamin Gibli, who as head of Israel’s military intelligence oversaw the recruitment of young Egyptian Jews to firebomb strategic sites in Cairo and Alexandria in 1954, told Israel’s Channel Two television last Friday that then-Defense Minister Yitzhak Lavon had ordered the operation in a bid to destabilize the regime of Gamal Abdel Nasser.

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