The head of Mossad’s technology department, identified only as “Het,” made the revelation in an exposé aired by Israel’s Channel 12 “Uvda” investigative news program earlier this week, The Times of Israel reported on Wednesday.
Het said that Tel Aviv had ordered Mossad to procure up to 130,000 objects related to fight the COVID-19 outbreak in Israel, ranging from protective gear to test kits, medicine, and ventilators.
“I have overseen many operations in my life, and I’ve never dealt with such a complex operation,” the Mossad officer remarked.
He claimed that countries are locked in a covert battle to take control of a limited supply of ventilators needed amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“We are utilizing our special connections to win the race,” he said, adding that the spy agency was trying to do so by trying to “lay our hands on stocks ordered by others.”
The report did not disclose in which countries Mossad was running those operations.
Similar reports of Israel using its notorious Mossad spy agency to obtain medical supplies amid the global pandemic have prompted observers to question Israel’s means of acquiring the supplies.