Rise and kill first
Ronen Bergman
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Rise and kill first

the secret history of Israel's targeted assassinations

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An edition of Rise and kill first (2018)

Rise and kill first

the secret history of Israel's targeted assassinations

First edition.
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Presents an assessment of Israel's state-sponsored assassination programs that evaluates the protective beliefs that are instituted into every Israeli citizen, the role of assassination in the state's history, and the ethical challenges of Israel's policies on targeted killings.

"The first definitive history of the Mossad, Shin Bet, and the IDF's targeted killing programs, from the man hailed by David Remnick as "arguably [Israel's] best investigative reporter." 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. In this page-turning, eye-opening book, journalist and military analyst Ronen Bergman offers a riveting 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 exceedingly 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). Including never-before-reported, behind-the-curtain accounts of key operations, and based on hundreds of on-the-record interviews and thousands of files to which Bergman has gotten exclusive access over his decades of reporting, Rise and Kill First brings us deep into the heart of Israel's most secret activities. 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."--Dust jacket.

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Table of 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.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (pages 637-725) and index.

Copyright Date
2018

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
320.95694
Library of Congress
HV6295.I75 B47 2018, HV6295.I75B47 2018

The Physical Object

Pagination
xxiv, 753 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates
Number of pages
753

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL26945548M
ISBN 10
1400069718
ISBN 13
9781400069712
OCLC/WorldCat
1019731689

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