Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel's Targeted Assassinations, by Israeli journalist Ronen Bergman, is a history of targeted assassinations by Israel's intelligence services. Its author says that Israel has assassinated more people than any other western country since World War II.
'a riveting inside account of the targeted killing programs'
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Random House, NY 2019
17 x 24 cm
Israel - Targeted Assassinations - Intelligence Service
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 - praised by David Remnick as 'arguably [Israel’s] best investigative reporter' - 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.