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Rise and kill first : the secret history of Israel's targeted assassinations

Author: Ronen Bergman; Ronnie Hope
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"The Talmud says: "If someone comes to kill you, rise up and kill him first." This instinct to take every measure, even the most aggressive, to defend the Jewish people is hardwired into Israel's DNA. From the very beginning of its statehood in 1948, protecting the nation from harm has been the responsibility of its intelligence community and armed services, and there is one weapon in their vast arsenal that they  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ronen Bergman; Ronnie Hope
ISBN: 9781400069712 1400069718
OCLC Number: 1019731689
Language Note: In English, translated from the Hebrew.
Description: xxiv, 753 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents: In blood and fire --
A secret world is born --
The bureau for arranging meetings with God --
The entire Supreme Command, with one blow --
"As if the sky were falling on our heads" --
A series of catastrophes --
"Armed struggle is the only way to liberate Palestine" --
Meir Dagan and his expertise --
The PLO goes international --
"I have no problem with anyone that I've killed" --
"Wrong identification of a target is not a failure. It's a mistake." --
Hubris --
Death in the toothpaste --
A pack of wild dogs --
"Abu Nidal, abu shmidal" --
Black flag --
The Shin Bet coup --
Then came a spark --
Intifada --
Nebuchadnezzar --
Green storm rising --
The age of the drone --
Mughniyeh's revenge --
"Just one switch, off and on" --
"Bring us the head of Ayyash" --
"Sly as a snake, naïve as a little child" --
A low point --
All-out war --
"More suicide bombers than explosive vests" --
"The target has been eliminated, but the operation failed" --
The rebellion in Unit 8200 --
Picking anemones --
The radical front --
Killing Maurice --
Impressive tactical success, disastrous strategic failure.
Other Titles: Hashkem le-horgo.
Responsibility: Ronen Bergman ; translated by Ronnie Hope.

Abstract:

"The Talmud says: "If someone comes to kill you, rise up and kill him first." This instinct to take every measure, even the most aggressive, to defend the Jewish people is hardwired into Israel's DNA. From the very beginning of its statehood in 1948, protecting the nation from harm has been the responsibility of its intelligence community and armed services, and there is one weapon in their vast arsenal that they have relied upon to thwart the most serious threats. Targeted assassinations have been used countless times, on enemies large and small, sometimes in response to attacks against the Israeli people and sometimes preemptively. Journalist and military analyst Ronen Bergman offers an inside account of the targeted killing programs: their successes, their failures, and the moral and political price exacted on the men and women who approved and carried out the missions. Bergman has gained the rare cooperation of many current and former members of the Israeli government, including Prime Ministers Shimon Peres, Ehud Barak, Ariel Sharon, and Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as high-level figures in the country's military and intelligence services: the IDF (Israel Defense Forces), the Mossad (the world's most feared intelligence agency), Caesarea (a "Mossad within the Mossad" that carries out attacks on the highest-value targets), and the Shin Bet (an internal security service that implemented the largest targeted assassination campaign ever, in order to stop what had once appeared to be unstoppable: suicide terrorism). Bergman traces, from statehood to the present, the gripping events and thorny ethical questions underlying Israel's targeted killing campaign, which has shaped the Israeli nation, the Middle East, and the entire world."--

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