Theodore "Teddy" Kollek (1911-2007) was the mayor of Jerusalem from 1965 to 1993.
On 1 October 1945, Kollek called the British Defence Security Officer, Palestine (DSO) and suggested they witness a landing by illegal immigrants. The DSO reported to Brigadier C.D. Roberts at SIME on 10 October: "His invitation needless to say was not in any endeavour to help us to put an end to illegal immigration, but rather more to show us how efficent their organisation was." Kollek again met the DSO on 8 October to defend the settlement of Kfir Gialidi over an altercation with the Transjordan Frontier Force.
- "You may be interested to know that both Teddy KOLLEK and ZASLANI who are now in Cairo have mentioned on separate occasions to both the Brigadier and myself the offer which they made to MI6. They did not, however, mention Colonel [REDACTED] by name but did indicate in a rather querulous tone that the offer had been turned down...."
Brigadier Roberts replied to Robertson on 20 September, welcoming the proposal to establish contact with Kollek in London, but adding:
- I fear, from my knowledge of him, that after the close personal relations that we here maintained with him in the past, he would resent your approaching him through a third party.
On 19 September 1946, H.L. Brown of MI5 reported to the Colonial Office information from a 'delicate source' that Kollek had discussed with David Ben-Gurion the possibility of setting up an intelligence office in London separate from the Jewish Agency office at 77 Great Russell Street.
Robertson went on to add that Kollek and Zaslani were anxious to make contact with Brigadier Robertson in London:
- Past experience has shown that these Agency security officers choose from time to time to give us valuable information about the activities of the terrorist organisations and it may be that Kollek or Zaslani has such information to give to Roberts. Whether this was so or not, they might at any time in the future be possessed of information of this type, and be anxious to pass it unofficially to some British military security representative.
- In view of recent information (much of which has come through the Jewish Agency contact in Jerusalem) about the possibility of the Irgun and the Stern extending their activities to this country, I feel that the time has come when we should seriously consider establishing some form of contact with Kollek or Zaslani in London.
Robertson suggested that because of the danger of penetration associated with such liaison, it should be conducted by a cutout.
- Theodore KOLLEK 1941 Jan 08 - 1946 Oct 01, MI5 Personal File, National Archives KV 2/2261.
- Theodore Kollek 1946 Oct 02 - 1947 Jan 23, MI5 Personal File, National Archives KV 2/2262.
- Obituaries- Teddy Kollek, The Independent, 3 January 2007.
- National Archives KV 2/2261.
- National Archives KV 2/2262.