Kill Khalid

Kill Khalid

The Failed Mossad Assassination of Khalid Mishal and the Rise of Hamas

By Paul McGeough

New Press, Hardcover, 9781595583253, 477pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2009


"Providing a fly-on-the-wall vantage of the rising diplomatic panic that sent shudders through world capitals" ("Toronto Star"), "Kill Khalid" unfolds as a masterpiece of investigative journalism. In 1997, the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad poisoned Hamas leader Khalid Mishal in broad daylight on the streets of Amman, Jordan. As the little-known Palestinian leader slipped into a coma, the Mossad agents' escape was bungled and the episode quickly spiraled into a diplomatic crisis. A series of high-stakes negotiations followed, which ultimately saved Mishal and set the stage for his phenomenal political ascendancy.

In "Kill Khalid," acclaimed reporter Paul McGeough reconstructs the history of Hamas through exclusive interviews with key players across the Middle East and in Washington, including unprecedented access to Mishal himself, who remains to this day one of the most powerful and enigmatic figures in the region. A "sobering reminder of how little has been achieved during sixty years of Israeli efforts in Palestine" ("Kirkus"), "Kill Khalid" tracks Hamas's political fortunes across a decade of suicide bombings, political infighting, and increasing public support, culminating in the battle for Gaza in 2007 and the current-day political stalemate.

About the Author
Paul McGeough is chief correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald. A former editor of the Herald, he has been a reporter for almost thirty years, focussing on conflicts in the Middle East since the 1990-91 Gulf War. McGeough has written several books about his experiences, including Manhattan to Baghdad: Despatches from the Frontline in the War on Terror. His reporting has earned him Australia's highest journalistic honours, from being named Australian journalist of the year twice to five Walkley awards.