CONFIDENTIAL: The Life of Secret Agent Turned Hollywood Tycoon Arnon Milchan

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    This book confirms what United States law enforcement had suspected for decades: A Jewish Hollywood film producer “was a full-fledged operative for Israel’s top-secret intelligence agency” and used his many U.S.-based companies to smuggle sensitive nuclear technology from the United States to Israel. This spy was also the most likely source for Iran and Libya’s uranium enrichment advances. According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the book, CONFIDENTIAL: The Life of Secret Agent Turned Hollywood Tycoon Arnon Milchan, “recounts Milchan’s life story, from his days as a boy through his friendships with Israeli prime ministers, U.S. presidents and Hollywood stars.”

    As far back as 1995, AMERICAN FREE PRESS correspondent Michael Collins Piper revealed that Milchan—who bankrolled Oliver Stone’s film JFK—was a key figure in Israel’s nuclear weapons program that President John F. Kennedy was determined to stop. The Milchan-funded film ignores this conflict.

    Although Milchan refused payment for his Israeli spying, he “collected commission fees from American security firms that were deposited in the bank accounts of various companies he set up in several countries where Israeli spy agencies operate,” according to the authors. “Hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars paid in commissions for defense deals between Israel and the United States were deposited in secret bank accounts all over the world and used to fund Israeli espionage activities abroad. The money in these accounts paid for operations that helped Israel obtain materials, technologies and equipment that turned it into a nuclear power, with the fifth biggest nuclear arsenal in the world,” stated the authors in an interview with Haaretz.

    Hardcover, 288 pages
    Arnon Milchan has led a secret double life. The kind of life one would read about in a John Le Carré spy novel or in a movie made by Hollywood colleagues Steven Spielberg or Oliver Stone.

    This is the story of a secret agent, of nuclear proliferation, billion-dollar high-tech defense transactions, ideology, patriotism, love, heartbreak, and the awe-inspiring Hollywood career of a mysterious mogul.

    In a true story that puts James Bond to shame, CONFIDENTIAL details with nail-biting suspense how producer Arnon Milchan evolved from his youth into one of the most important covert agents that Israeli intelligence has ever fielded.

    From Iran to South Africa, from Poland to Taiwan and the U.S., CONFIDENTIAL casts a global net to expose the legendary producer of blockbusters like Pretty Woman, LA Confidential, and Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Meir Doron and Joseph Gelman methodically unveil Arnon Milchan’s role as a key player in many of Israel’s most important intelligence operations.

    CONFIDENTIAL is packed with stunning new revelations and opens a window into the world of a key covert operative, who evolved into a genuine member of Hollywood’s royal elite.

    Excerpt from page 238-239:

    [Conversation between Arnon Milchan and Rupert Murdoch] When he returned, Murdoch said that there were two possibilities: "Either he can't wait to get rid of you, or he really likes you."  "Why?"  "Because he said that you need wings to fly, and with me you will fly higher." After a short pause, Murdoch indicated his agreement to move forward with a nod.  "Rupert, you just gave me a few hundred million. Why?"  "I don't analyze the past, I analyze the future," Murdoch replied.  "How do you make these kinds of decisions?"  "It's very simple. I look behind you and see no dead bodies. I know your partner and he seems happy. And by the way, I didn't give you a penny."  "What do you mean?"  "I put money in our company"  "Help me out, I'm not sure I get it."  "Ok, let's say you are playing baccarat, and you are a great player but you don't have enough chips. So I come and say, 'This guy seems to know what he's doing,' and I give you a bunch of chips. The minute I leave the casino, you rush to the cashier and ask to cash in your chips. But the cashier is going to ask you, 'Are you Mr. Milchan? I have a note from Mr. Murdoch here. He says you cannot cash the chips for another fifteen years.' So you find a table, you put the chips on the table and wait.  "Then a guy with a suit and tie from the casino comes by and asks, 'Are you Mr. Milchan? We have a note from Mr. Muroch that says you can't just sit around like that; you are supposed to play baccarat every five minutes.' That's it. Whatever is left after fifteen years is yours."

    Excerpt from page 255:

    One billion high-energy proton collisions will take place every second inside the vast ATLAS detector on the French-Swiss border, housed three hundred feet underground in a cavern ten stories high. More than 2,500 scientists from thirty-seven countries, including from the Weizmann Institute in Israel, will sift through this data in search of tiny signals that could answer some of mankind’s biggest questions. If and when new technologies and commercial opportunities emerge from ATLAS, Milchan intends to be on the forefront.

    “Arnon is a special man. His activities gave us a huge advantage, strategically, diplomatically, and technologically. In my present position as president, I am restrained from recommending any single individual for our highest defense-related honor, but undoubtedly, Arnon Milchan is worthy of such an acknowledgment, and that’s as close to a recommendation that I, as president, can give.”
    Shimon Peres, President of Israel

    “Never, never tell jokes about a man with easy access to weapons of mass destruction.”
    Peter Chernin, former CEO of Fox Entertainment Group

    “Arnon Milchan…is a loyal and generous friend who also happens to be a great long-term and trustworthy partner.”
    Rupert Murdoch, CEO, News Corporation

    “Compared to some of the people out there [in Hollywood], who have nothing on them but an Armani suit, Arnon is the real thing.... He spins circles around those other guys.”
    Robert De Niro, Los Angeles Magazine

    “Arnon has never forgotten where he came from…in the emotional, deeply personal way that he has been attached to Israel and Israeli projects. He has always remembered his country.”
    Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel

    “Beyond the whispers and the movies, few people know of Arnon’s role in supplying Israel with its defense needs, and in creating its ultimate deterrence capabilities…. For me, he is ‘Mr. Israel.’”
    Sumner Redstone, Chairman of the Board, Viacom Inc.

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