Rise and Kill First by Ronen Bergman

Rise and Kill First

The first definitive history of the Mossad, Shin Bet, and the IDF’s targeted killing programs, from the man hailed by David Remnick as “arguably [Israel’s] best investigative reporter” 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, p...

Details Rise and Kill First

TitleRise and Kill First
Release DateJan 30th, 2018
PublisherRandom House
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, Cultural, Israel, War

Reviews Rise and Kill First

  • Steven Z.
    When the state of Israel achieved nationhood in 1948 it was seen as an ethical and moral experiment because of the role the Holocaust played in its creation, along with its dominant Jewish culture. Residing in a geographical region that had nothing but hatred for the new state it would be difficult to expect Israel to maintain the high standards that were expected of it. The difficulty would morph into a nation that had to protect itself from inv...
  • Vika Ryabova
    Впечатляющий труд, с массой подробностей о подготовке операций, вербовке агентов, методах убийств и пр. Отдавая должное эффективности агентств, автор рассказывает и о дурацких провалах, и о близорукости руководства, и делает вывод, что насилие п...
  • Gokulakrishnan Saravanan
    My feelings after reading this book is sense of despondency on the Israel’s political establishment. Title of the last chapter succinctly captures the result of Israel's targeted killings: ''Impressive tactical success, Disastrous strategic failure''. The author could have easily turned this book into Israel’s glorification/bashing. But his even handedness made this book such a great read. Since this book deals with so much military operation...
  • Budd Margolis
    This book is one of the very best academic intense history of any national intelligence entity ever comprised. Throughout this book, we are faced with the many moralities of decisions to take life and the results some of which were effective and some counterproductive. You are presented with background and political intrigue and often wonder at how organizations can run amok with hubris and ignorance, vengeance and desperation and then emerge wit...
  • Earl Killian
    This is a history of Israel’s assassination programs told from a pro-Zion point of view. Despite the author’s support of the goals, he is often critical, though of course he is doing so with hindsight. While my views are sometimes different from the author’s, I still think this is a valuable attempt at history of a secret subject.
  • Martin
    This book is one of the best pieces of reportage I have ever read. Highly recommended.
  • Hotrats
    Wow! Who knew?
  • Yves Farhi
    Sooner or later they will catch you. History! Hazak
  • Steve
    A very interesting and eye opening book on the Mossad and the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) of their secret operations and assassinations of their targets.