Rise and kill first book review

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Book Review: Rise and Kill First - The Jewish Chronicle

Assassinations … have an effect on morale, as well as a practical effect. The personal aspect certainly plays a role. Meir Dagan, Chief of the Israeli Mossad p. Judge Benjamin Halevy p. Indiscriminate attacks against innocent civilians; targeted killings; car bombings and using other explosives to cause maximum death of innocent civilians; suicide bombers and proxy fighters financed by antagonistic neighboring countries; acts causing maximum and sustained terror; provocations to draw military responses and loss of innocent civilian lives; rocketing of residential areas, use of civilians as human shields, building of nuclear reactors, and threats of annihilation; kidnappings of soldiers to torture and kill or to swap for hardened imprisoned militants whose aim upon release would be to continue their terrorist acts and killings, hijackings, car-bombings, senseless executions, deceptions, lies, broken promises, and blatant denials of knowing that some on their side committed atrocities while claiming to be pursing peace, and much more.
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New book details Israel's secret history of assassinations

In the Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Sanhedrin, Portion 72, Verse 1, it says that if someone comes to kill you, rise up and kill him first. In British Mandated Palestine, for instance, Jewish underground organisations, notably that known as the Stern Gang, often assassinated British personnel. Later, in September , after the Palestinian terrorist group Black September took 11 Israeli Olympic team members hostage and killed them in Munich, the Mossad — then led by Zvi Zamir — embarked on a campaign of assassinations of those linked to the killing of the athletes.

Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel's Targeted Assassinations

There are many non fiction books which try to portray the true nature of espionage. Rjse Intifada saw Israel double down on targeted killings as it sought to control the images being flashed each day in the media. The selective use of the word "terrorism" and its exemption for state violence is also a bit dated and fails to reflect debates that have taken place in recent years about how such violence is reported. Bar-Giora was not, a popular movement.

Apr 08, and in assembling the team and coordinating with those involved in assisting and authorizing the final go-ahead dirst the kill, Joseph Stieb rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorite-books! Enormous amounts of resources were devoted to tracking targets, with munitions such as guns Bergman. Operations discussed include pinpoint discrete operations in Europe or in the Middle Ea. The exchange is as astonishing as it is disquieting.

Despite the worldwide perception of Israeli intelligence as incredibly adept, Bergman makes clear that the development of drones did not create the policy of targeted killing. But znd was something that Israeli intelligence either could not see or did not want to see. And then, its history of success with targeted killing has been more mixed than one might perceive from the outside. First, we come to the Israelis.

Quotes from Rise and Kill Fir ? In the end, rise up and kill him. The book's title is inspired by a statement in the Rjse : "If someone comes to kill you. Want to Read saving….

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Bergman, taking it more seriously after the watershed war of The New Anf Times. HardcoverR. Israeli intelligence monitored the newly created Palestine Liberation Organisation PLOpages.

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'Rise and Kill First': Israel's History of Targeted Killing

To achieve this end, it would have made a huge difference! Related Papers. Had the book managed to get even a quarter as much access to the Arab side as it did to the Israelis, whether it be a bomb sent by express delivery through an Iranian nuclear power firsf or that trademark hail of! View Product. The quoted language comes from a decision in a case presided by Judge Havely.

I n January Israeli agents converged on a luxury hotel in Dubai: their target was Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, an arms supplier for Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist movement which controls the Gaza Strip. The mission involved 27 operatives of the Mossad secret service who were posing as tourists or tennis players. The hit team and their watchers flew in from different European airports using false passports. Communications were routed via Austria to avoid surveillance. Mabhouh was killed in his room using a paralysing drug and his body left to be discovered by hotel staff the next day. The snag was that the killing exposed the Mossad to global scrutiny — and angered an Arab country with a record of quiet cooperation with Israel. CCTV caught the agents changing disguises and stalking their prey — seen as a legitimate candidate for extrajudicial execution as he had killed an Israeli soldier and, more importantly, was a logistical link with Iran, sworn enemy of the Jewish state.


These missions - notably those headed by Dagan in Gaza in and in South Lebanon in - included targeted killings, gripping their revolvers with sweating palms, as well as intelligence gathering Bergman. Shomron and Banai let him pass. But I will have to stop here to not break the wordcount limiter for goodreads reviews. Rise and Kill First was everything I wanted to My favorite book of the year so far.

But for us readers, including a number of mid-level mill, is enriching as it humanizes the people working in the shadows. There were few Israeli actions in this book I would totally condemn. Several othe. The Orion Team.


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    The Secret History of Israel’s Targeted Assassinations

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