RISE AND KILL FIRST: The Secret History of Israel’s Targeted AssassinationsRonen BergmanRandom House Poisoned toothpaste that takes a month to end its target’s life. Armed drones. Exploding cellphones. Spare tyres with remote-control bombs. Assassinating enemy scientists and discovering the secret lovers of Islamic holy men. A new book chronicles these techniques and asserts that Israel has carried out at least 2,700 assassination operations in its 70-year existence. While many failed, they add up to far more than any other western country, the book says. Ronen Bergman, intelligence correspondent for the newspaper Yediot Aharonot, persuaded many agents of Mossad, Shin Bet and the military to tell their stories — some using their real names. The result is the first comprehensive look at Israel’s use of state-sponsored killings. Based on 1,000 interviews and thousands of documents, and running more than 600 pages, Rise and Kill First makes the case that Israel has used assassination i...

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