Frontpage Interview's guest today is Dave Sheskin, a retired officer (Major) of the IDF. He has spent many years in Israeli intelligence services, primarily in the European theatre of operations. His expertise is in Radical Islam, Sharia Law, and the art of detecting the whereabouts of terrorist leaders in Europe and bringing them to justice. He lives in the Niagara Region of Ontario, Canada. Visit his website at Waltzingwicked.com.
FP: Dave Sheskin, welcome to Frontpage Interview.
Sheskin: Thank you for this opportunity.
FP: Give us a bit of background about yourself.
Sheskin: I was born, raised and educated in Montreal. When the Six Day War erupted in June of 67, I was 24 years of age, and at the time I couldn't care less about a war being fought many thousands of miles away. Having said that, I received a phone call from my older brother asking me if I was willing to go to Israel as a volunteer and help out while the regular and reserve soldiers were being called to duty.
My initial reaction was definitely not a positive one, but at that time, my brother was the Director of the Labour Zionist Youth Movement, and began bombarding me with Jewish guilt. Reluctantly, I eventually agreed to go for a three month period providing that I still had a job waiting for me when I returned. I discussed the issue with my boss, who was the owner of a high-end men's retail outfit, and little did I realize at the time that he too was very active in the Jewish community in Montreal, and raised funds for Israel. His precise words to me were, "if you don't go, Dave, I will be ashamed of you." Three days later I was in Israel.
My parents were devastated by my decision, and for many months after, neither my parents or two older sisters spoke to my brother. "He's just a boy," they said. They insisted that my brother bring me home immediately, but by that time I was deep into the adventure of a lifetime and had no desire to return to Canada. Two months later, I met my first wife and we began a family immediately. I enlisted in the IDF in 69, and eventually embarked on a permanent career with the IDF.
In 69, I entered the Officers Military Academy, and my initial assignment after graduation was as a young Lieutenant Liaison Officer to the United Nations stationed in the Golan Heights. Subsequent to the Yom Kippur War in 73, I was scouted by a talent agent from Mossad, and recruited into the illustrious institute. I served my country and its people for more than 19 years.