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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 a. My feelings after reading this book is sense of despondency on the Israel s political establishment Title of the last chapter succinctly captures the result of Israel s targeted killings Impressive tactical success Disastrous strategic failure The author could have easily turned this book into Israel s glorificationbashing But his even handedness made this book such a great read Since this book deals with so much military operations after a certain point of time it could have easily become repetitiveLuckily it didn tThere were many times in the book I was moved by the attacks against Israel and dismayed by Israel s investigation tactics Kudos to the author for successfully capturing both the Israel s pain and the high handedness This book also made me aware of to what extent Israel went to ensure that very minimal Palestinian civilian lives were lost in the process of targeted killings To sum it up it s very much worth a read if you are interested in Israel

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Rise and Kill First The Inside Story and Secret Operations of Israel's Assassination Program

Ttacks 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 missionsBergman 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. Four stars for a general reader five for those of us really interested in IsraelThe title is taken from a line in the Talmud If someone comes to kill you rise up and kill him first and is used as justification for everything from retributionrevenge murders assassinations to preemptive kills to blowing up Iran s nuclear reactor It is I suppose good advice especially if you re surrounded by enemies and facing an existential crisis every day It has however proven to be very difficult to pull off strategically problematic and on a human level morally numbingIsrael is a very small country In a map comparison from the US east to west it s smaller than New Jersey would sink in Lake Michigan and is about the same size as Vancouver Island It was founded by survivors of the Holocaust that effectively killed all the Jews in Europe and has been surrounded by enemies since its founding Its enemies believe it should be wiped off the face of the earth and have been actively working toward that goal since day one and Israel has used politics and terror to come to life and survive since before day one The subject of this book is targeted assassinations assassination as policy Based on over a thousand interviews with policy makers and assassins it s a uick considering its size of 700 pages and troubling read The lethal skullduggery that keeps the middle east percolating in stress and blood has not been captured in any fictional account I ve seen The Mossad of Daniel Silva s books is a well oiled machine in real life it s a no pun intended hit or miss operation sometimes at the top of its game sometimes mired in interagency politics the Shin Bet and Israeli Defense Forces figure in Assassinations don t often come off as planned everybody seems to be trying to kill somebody innocents are targeted by Arabs through the sickening use of suicide bombers and are unfortunate victims of plans gone awry or bombs built too large on the Jewish side None of the players are pure all are self justified assassinations tend to cause as many problems as they might solve and there is no trust at any level I was left pondering the popular definition of insanity doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result Peace in the middle east Good luckRise Up and Kill is a terrific history lesson albeit through one blood smeared lens and is going to be mandatory reading for thriller writers students of the middle east diplomats and politicians It s also an important read for anyone interested in Israel s survival

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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 terrorismIncluding 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 uestions underlying Israel’s targeted killing campaign which has shaped the Israeli nation the Middle East and the entire worl. This book is much better than Mossad The Greatest Missions of the Israeli Secret Service has details about operations and most important talking about political situation and decisions made that lead to assassination Both books are highly recommended but if you re planning to read only one pick this one


10 thoughts on “Rise and Kill First The Inside Story and Secret Operations of Israel's Assassination Program

  1. says:

    When the state of Israel achieved nationhood in 1948 it was seen as an ethical and moral experiment because of the role the Holocaust played in its creation along with its dominant Jewish culture Residing in a geographical region that had nothing but hatred for the new state it would be difficult to expect Israel to main

  2. says:

    This is a really remarkable history of the violence undertaken by the modern Zionist movement starting all the way back from Mandate Palestine the wars against the postcolonial Arab states and ending with the present confl

  3. says:

    My feelings after reading this book is sense of despondency on the Israel’s political establishment Title of the last chapter succinctly captures the result of Israel's targeted killings ''Impressive tactical success Disastrous strategic failure'' The author could have easily turned this book into Israel’s glorificationbashing But his even handedness made this book such a great read Since this book deals with so mu

  4. says:

    Dang This is a phenomenal book that is eye opening in so many ways Going all the way back to early Zionism this book charts Israeli covert action against its myriad enemies The programs Bergman describes have been one of

  5. says:

    The Badass Israeli Assassinthis is an archetype that has glued itself to the public imagination More cunning professional s

  6. says:

    Four stars for a general reader five for those of us really interested in IsraelThe title is taken from a line in the Talmud “If someone comes to kill you rise up and kill him first” and is used as justification for everything from retributionrevenge murders assassinations to preemptive kills to blowing up Iran’s nuclear reactor It is I suppose good advice especially if you’re surrounded by enemies and facing an existenti

  7. says:

    This book is much better than Mossad The Greatest Missions of the Israeli Secret Service has details about operations and most important talkin

  8. says:

    Informative in many ways but NOT in one HUGE wayThis book is great for documenting how Mossad foreign intell Shin Bet domestic intel and Aman military intel combined to fight a variety of threats from various Palestinian groups including Fatah and Hamas plus Hezbullah in Lebanon and Syrian and other support for some terroristsIt documents types of operations targets successes some slip ups organizational lapses and overh

  9. says:

    My favorite book of the year so farI've been looking for a comprehensive history of Israel's targeted assassinati

  10. says:

    Wow This book is a monumental achievement and will leave your head spinning The sheer chutzpah and courage of many of Israel's intelligence operations over the last 80 years was incredible to read about but Bergman does much than tell incredible stories about crazy assassinations He is able to weave these stories into a narrative about the larger uestions of Israel's existence and survival and he doesn't shy