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Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel's Targeted Assassinations (original 2018; udgave 2019)

af Ronen Bergman (Forfatter)

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"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. Journalist and military analyst Ronen Bergman offers an 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 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). 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." --… (mere)
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Titel:Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel's Targeted Assassinations
Forfattere:Ronen Bergman (Forfatter)
Info:Random House Trade Paperbacks (2019), Edition: Translation, 784 pages
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Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel's Targeted Assassinations af Ronen Bergman (2018)

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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. ( )
  MylesKesten | 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. ( )
  thisisstephenbetts | 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. ( )
  blueskygreentrees | 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. ( )
  Clu98 | Feb 23, 2023 |
I just finished Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel's Targeted Assassinations by Ronen Bergman This book is a thrilling page turner. I have difficulties with the author's finding "moral quandaries" in actions clearly vital to Israel's survival. Bergman, who now frequently writes for the New York Times, discusses news stories I have read over the years that I was and am elated to read. Those obviously included the raid at Entebbe, the killing of the perpetrators of the Olympic massacres, and the destruction of nuclear reactors in Iraq in 1981 and Syria in 2007. These were actions other Western nations did not have the stomach to do. Those "leaders" would rather dive into a "crisis conference" of similar leaders in Paris and Brussels than actually do something about these morally outrageous attacks on Israeli and Jewish civilians and frankly activities that endanger the world.

Now the quibbles which lead to me to award the book three stars. First, too much moralizing and too many qualms on the subject. Most, if not all of the people knocked off by Israeli intelligence or military are monsters. The jihadis sent to commit suicide attacks are hormone-crazed teens or other fanatics to do the killings, while they luxuriate in the comfort of Tunis, Beirut or European cities. And their "fighters" fight out of uniform.

The author even has qualms about killing Iranian nuclear scientists, since international law isn't clear on this issue. He says that the scientists themselves have killed no one and are not terrorists. Since their aim is to incinerate Israel and possibly Sunni Arab states I see that as a distinction without a difference.

The "solution" the author proposes at the end is the two-state solution. No one has demonstrated that the attacks would stop for longer than it takes to celebrate "independence." Ronen does discuss the fact that the PLO under Arafat did not honor their commitments to halt the terror attacks, and then fails to explain how a "two-state" solution would differ. The book made clear that terrorist expenditures on fighting are lavish. The book only briefly mentions how the people suffer.

He makes the case that the targeted assassinations don't solve the problem, but doesn't give an opinion as to what would. As an informed reader, I have to assume that the risk of being killed creates "operational difficulties" in committing terror and are a large part of the reason for Israel's miraculous survival.

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This amends my earlier posted review. ( )
  JBGUSA | Jan 2, 2023 |
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"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. Journalist and military analyst Ronen Bergman offers an 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 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). 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." --

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