Informatie over Ostrovsky:
The CCC was involved in selling and buying arms from the Palestine Liberation Organization and other Palestinian groups. Putting them out of business would be a major victory for the Massad in combating terrorism. Another reason for the operation was more sinister, and I learned about it much later. Itsik Efrat, head of the Israel desk, handled that part. It involved a veteran case officer named Barda, who in 1984 had tracked down and contacted a band of Belgian renegade lawmen who were originally formed by NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) as an anti-Communist body to be activated in case of a Communist invasion. This plan, which was called Operation Gladiator, was never put into action, but NATO neglected to dismantle the special cells it had created, and so the Mossad stepped in to make use of one of them.
The dormant cell was activated with the consent of the Belgian state secret service and the Mossad's antiterrorist advisory section. Barda made it dear to the Belgians that to create a 'public outcry for a strengthening of the security services, extreme measures were needed-that is, terrorist atrocities that could be blamed on the Communists. "Hesitation should be left to environmentalists and bleedingheart democrats," he told them. In addition to the NATO cell of right-wing lawmen, the Belgian secret service could draw from a deep well of right-wing fanaticsincluding a fascist party called Westland New Post (WNP), or so it was reported by sources within the Mossad.
Under the auspices of the 1. Melucha: Code name for the recruitment branch of the Mossad; the branch is divided into geographical departments that have desks assigned to support stations. This new combined right-wing, element, which included several active policemen, carried out a series of robbenes with extreme violence, eventually earning the nickname "the Murderers of Brabant." In September and November 1985, they hit several supermarkets and carried out the political assassination of a Belgian minister. They also engaged in several truck hijackings that were later attributed to crooks who were "killed in the chase."
The attacks were not financiallv motivated. Their purpose was terror and the destabilization of the Belgian government, which was leaning left. Three members of the group had to leave the country in 1985. They escaped to Israel and were given new identities by the Mossad, as part of the initial agreement made with the Belgian extreme right wing. The Belgians' request that the Mossad find a way to pass arms .to the right-wingers, while keeping the Belgian authorities out of the Picture, led to my being in Cyprus in February 1986 to help WIth the sting. Barda gave the right-wing terrorists the location of the CCC stashes of arms the Mossad had sold them.