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Bergman, Ronen
Fødselsdato
1972-06-16
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Nationalitet
Israel

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This book has remarkable research about the tactical success of Israeli intelligence agencies, the tragic strategic failures of the Israeli government, and the clearest arguments I have ever read for compromise on the Palestinian territories.

No matter the ingenious methods Mossad used to corral Israel’s enemies abroad, there was always another enemy lurking.

This isn’t just the story about Israel’s fabled spy service. It’s about the triumvirate of intelligence services: AMAN, the military intelligence directorate, Shin Bet, its domestic security agency, and Mossad, the agency keeping tabs on Israel’s enemies abroad.

And unlike the divisions between US intelligence and operations arms, in Israel the intelligence divisions are often tasked with covert campaigns, such as the targeted assassinations discussed in this book.

In the scope of this book, we learn the agencies undertook about 1,000 targeted killings, a period where the US secretly attempted about 350 targeted killings with its own drone force, Delta Force, and SEAL teams.

Journalist Ronen Bergman has been given access to some very senior players in the Israeli intelligence community including Mossad spymaster Meir Dagan who died only in March, 2016, and spent his last breaths condemning Benjamin Netanyahu’s government.

While no single act of terror on Jews in the 20th century motivated these killings, it’s pretty clear that the attack on athletes at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich was something that motivated Dagan.

We learn what the intelligence agencies and the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) did well and where they fell far short. We learn how in recent years they adapted new technologies so well that with their drone force it is almost like shooting fish in a barrel.

The discussion of drone coverage, mobile electronic surveillance, and wiretapping opens questions about privacy in the State of Israel itself, of how far the security services will go to monitor its Arab and other citizens.

We learn that Shin Bet was very slow to recognize the rising power of Hamas, and the coalition between Syria, Iran, and Hamas which has delivered hundreds of millions in military supplies and expertise to the terrorist cells.

And we learn that Syria came very close to secretly completing a nuclear arms program before Israeli jets put an end to it.

Not only is the book well researched and written, it is expertly edited as well. While this book is about a terribly serious subject, it does allow room for the gallows humour of trained killers.
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MylesKesten | 24 andre anmeldelser | Jan 23, 2024 |
Astounding, overwhelming non-fiction book about the Israeli secret services, and specifically their history of assassination. It is absolutely packed with detail and data — so many stories of various operations, by all sides, successful and not. Bergman keeps his tone mostly factual and non partisan — although revealing so much of Israel's secrets automatically puts him at odds with her institutions. He treads a fine line between sympathy and condemnation, again, for both sides — recognising the deep-rooted causes of the conflicts. He is absolutely excoriating, though, about Ariel Sharon, and his efforts to undermine any peaceful initiatives, and hence perpetuate a tragic and vastly damaging and deadly conflict (Benjamin Netanyahu does not fare too well either). In the end, it is a deeply sad book — and makes one want to cry for the missed opportunities, and all the casually slaughtered innocents.… (mere)
 
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thisisstephenbetts | 24 andre anmeldelser | Nov 25, 2023 |
One of the surprises in this book was the number of times Israel's intelligence community (the Mossad, Shin Bet, et al) completely botched a job. Going into the book I had unconsciously imagined that Israeli spies and commandos were complete masters of the field, and my pre-conceived image was only brought into my conscious mind as the book began tearing it to shreds. I don't know if it was more fun reading about the failures or the successes; either way I was fascinated.
 
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blueskygreentrees | 24 andre anmeldelser | Jul 30, 2023 |
Ronen Bergman, der Autor dieses spannenden Buches, hält als Quintessenz seiner umfassenden Recherchen fest: „Ohne die Sabotage und gezielten Tötungen des Mossad hätte der Iran heute die Atombombe.“

Wer begreifen möchte, woher die Notwendigkeit des Mossad (auch) und im Wesentlichen kommt, studiere schlicht und ergreifend die Aussagen von Iran Führern über Israel. Seit 1979 gibt es den „Ghods“-Tag, jährlich gefeiert immer am letzten Freitag des Fastenmonats Ramadan. Ghods steht für Jerusalem, das nach Ayatollah Khomeini befreit werden müsse. Alleine die von allen Verantwortlichen des Iran formulierte, aggressive Rhetorik hätte schon längst dazu führen müssen, dass die westliche Welt alle Verbindungen abbricht. Dafür aber lässt die politische Leitung Deutschlands zu, dass der Ghods-Tag auch in Berlin begangen werden kann.

Ich habe alle Bücher über den Mossad gelesen bzw. bin umfassend informiert. In diesem hervorragend recherchierten Buch werden - soweit man das wissen kann - ein Großteil der Operationen benannt, die von diesem besten Geheimdienst des Planeten durchgeführt wurden. Es enthält auch einige misslungene Aktionen. Meine Hochachtung dafür wächst trotzdem ins Unermessliche, wenn ich die Zielrichtung Iran bedenke. Das Mullah Regime strebt unter allen Umständen - und mit allen Winkelzügen - die Atombombe an, für mich das gefährlichste Szenario der Weltgeschichte überhaupt.

Dass dies noch nicht Realität wurde, ist auch den Schattenkriegen Israels zu verdanken, jenen Operationen, die den Gegnern Angst und Schrecken einjagen, ebenso wie das in einem der Grundlagenwerke einer anderen Religion vorgegeben wird. Nach dem Studium der Recherchen von Ronen Bergman ist klar, dass Israel auf allen Ebenen besser aufgestellt ist als seine Gegner, deren ideologisches Blendwerk zu emotional in ihren Köpfen indoktriniert scheint, abseits jeglicher Vernunft. Dringend notwendig ist, dass, wie dies in einer Petition in Frankreich durch den ehemaligen Präsidenten Sarkozy gefordert wurde, das Grundlagenwerk des Isalm von allen aggressiven Bestanteilen zu reinigen sei. Genau hier ist nämlich die zugrunde liegende Problematik zu suchen, die wohl keinen anderen Ausweg als Krieg auf allen Ebenen lässt.
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Clu98 | 24 andre anmeldelser | Feb 23, 2023 |

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