Victor Ostrovsky. He is a gifted artist, ex-Mossad “case officer”, ex lieutenant-commander from the Israeli Navy, and ex-Isreali.
Back in the 1980’s Ostrovsky worked on a Mossad project which eventuated in both the 1986 bombing of the “Labelle Discotheque” in West Germany, as well as the framing of Libyan overseas government personnel for the atrocity. This was done by way of false “telex” messages the Mossad had been sending to the Berlin embassy by way of wireless-frequency “Trojan dicks” its own operatives had placed in Tripoli. Following the bombing, the East Berlin embassy seemed to receive phone calls from Gaddafi’s Libyan offices congratulating the terrorists on “a job well done”; the calls were actually made by Israelis from a wi-fi messaging boat parked in the Mediterranean.
Following the bomb blast (which injured 79 American servicemen dancing at the club—killing 2) Ronald Reagan ordered airstrikes against Tripoli, killing 15 Libyans and injuring another 2,000. In retaliation for this, two Libyan nationals the following year actually did plant a bomb onboard Pan Am Flight 103 in Lockerbie, Scotland, blowing the 747 out of the air and killing all 259 passengers/crew (including another 11 persons on the ground). This last bombing was the only act of real terrorism in the exchange.
By then Ostrovsky left the Mossad on moral grounds, leaving Israel altogether (moving to America) to write a tell-all book about his former organization, “By Way of Deception” (published in 1990). The reason he gave for the original Mossad operation against the Berlin discotheque (and subsequent framing of Arabs) is the Mossad, along with conservatives in the Israeli government, had intended to create a negative pale over Arabs at a time when a peace agreement was in the works to limit Israel’s borderless expansion. The project was a success, as the agreement was hopelessly derailed.
But he also a gifted oil painter who now owns his own gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona, and so I spend the second half talking primarily about art in general, if not Ostrovsky’s paintings in particular. Art is something very close to me, as I had once tried to break-in to becoming a gallery artist myself about 25 years ago, only to have other life-responsibilities preclude me. Nonetheless, I’m gradually returning to painting, as it will always be my first life’s love, and so I can go into some detail about the craft and concepts of this art form.