Herbert Pundik

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(editor, journalist)
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Born23 September 1927
Copenhagen, Denmark
Died8 December 2019 (Age 92)
Children • Ron Pundak
• Uri Pundak
Interests • Danish Defence Intelligence Service
• Mossad
Danish editor/Israeli spy who attended the 1986 Bilderberg

Employment.png Politiken/Editor-in-Chief

In office
1970 - 1993
Succeeded byTøger Seidenfaden
Editor-in-chief at the Danish newspaper Politiken

Herbert Pundik was a Danish journalist and editor, and an Israeli spy and agent of influence[1].


Herbert Pundik' worked for the Danish newspapers Information and Politiken and as a correspondent for Danmarks Radio. At the same time he was, at his own admission, a spy for Mossad and Danish intelligence services.

Of Jewish heritage, he escaped to Sweden during the German occupation of Denmark in World War II, and in 1945 enlisted in the Danish Brigade in Sweden.

Presence at the Tagana massacre

In 1948, Pundik volunteered for the Israeli Labor Party militia, the Haganah, which later became the Israeli army, and served in the Alexandroni Brigade[2], which conducted ethnic cleansing of Arab villages according to a preconceived plan.

He was present as a soldier at the 1948 Tantura massacre, where all of the young men of Tantura [in Israel/Palestine] were taken to the cemetery of the village, ordered to begin digging their own graves, and then machine-gunned. Around 200 Palestinians were massacred, the women and children forced away, and the village destroyed.[3]

“I do not go further than saying what I can allow myself to say, that is, that I did not see anything”, Pundik stated in a later interview, except that he only saw one case of a Palestinian being “mistreated” by an Israeli soldier[4]

Journalist and Spy

In 1955-65 he was foreign correspondent for the Danish newspaper Information. In parallel, he wrote from 1956 for the Israeli trade union newspaper Davar and was a correspondent for the public broadcaster Danmarks Radio.

In 2010, Pundik revealed that in the 1960s, during his reporting trips as a journalist to Africa and other places, he collected information and wrote intelligence reports for Mossad. According to Pundik, the Israeli embassy then also handed over a copy of the reports to Peter Ilsøe, second in command in the Danish Defence Intelligence Service,[5]. Pundik said he never took Israeli citizenship, and that he never spied on Denmark.

In 1967 Herbert Pundik warned about the consequences of the occupation of Palestine and over the years he became a strong voice for peace and reconciliation with the Palestinian people. But when he became editor-in-chief in Politiken (1970-93) he stated that as long as he was editor-in-chief, the newspaper would identify with the fate of Israel. [6]

After more than two decades as editor-in-chief, he resigned in 1993, but still worked as a senior foreign affairs correspondent and commentator at the newspaper. In 2002, he joined the newspaper's board.

He died age 92 in his home in Tel Aviv, Israel.


Event Participated in

Bilderberg/198625 April 198627 April 1986Scotland
Gleneagles Hotel
The 34th Bilderberg, 109 participants
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