Kill Khalid by McGeough Paul
In 1997 the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad poisoned the Hamas leader Khalid Mishal in broad daylight on the streets of Amman Jordan. Then little-known the Palestinian leader slipped into a coma - but not before the Mossad agents' escape was bungled and Jordanian troops were called in to surround the Israeli embassy. As Mishal's condition deteriorated under the influence of a mysterious poison the episode quickly spiralled into a diplomatic crisis. The Middle East feared the worst but a series of high-stakes negotiations brokered by President Bill Clinton led to the Israelis handing over the antidote thereby saving Mishal and setting the stage for his phenomenal political ascendancy. Revolving around this dramatic incident Kill Khalid unfolds into a masterpiece of investigative journalism. 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.