The Secret History of Israel’s targeted assassinations

by Avi Abelow

Israeli intelligence services have a reputation of being one of the best in the world. What are the secrets of Israel’s successful intelligence services and their targeted assassinations?

Chris Mitchell of CBN News interviews Ronen Bergman, the author of a new book called ‘Rise and Kill, the Secret History of Israel’s targeted assassinations’.

The title comes from an ancient Jewish writing the author heard quoted by Israel’s intelligence services. It is a phrase from the Babylonian Talmud which says that if someone comes to kill you, rise up and kill him first.  In every generation, the Jewish people have a chief enemy that declares publicly that its main goal is to destroy us. We therefore have no other choice than to rise up and kill them first.

Israel’s Neighbors

Since Israel’s founding that has been the public goal of all its enemies. From Saddam Hussein to Yasser Arafat to Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. When these are your enemies you will do whatever you can to defend your country and your people. Bergman says that after the Holocaust Jews followed three lessons that permeate Israel’s intelligence services.

1. There will always be a nation that wants to kill us
2. Most or all of the other nations will not help so we can only rely on ourselves
3. We must have a safe haven, a refuge, a country of our own to defend with all means possible

In his book, Bergman explains the secret that makes Israel’s intelligence the best in the world.

There is one extra point. Israel’s intelligence knows that they are the guards on the wall. They are the ‘final frontier’ guarding the safety of the citizens of Israel, and Jews worldwide. They believe that if they don’t succeed, using everything they have, then tomorrow Jews will be killed.

Bergman’s book details how Mossad chief Meir Dagan convinced successive Israeli Prime Ministers to use assassinations and cyber warfare against Iran, instead of bombing its nuclear facilities. He also describes the elimination of the Hizbullah commander, who was the most wanted terrorist in the world. And how Yassar Arafat escaped dozens of assassination attempts.

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