“Rise and Kill First” Explores the Corrupting Effects of Israel’s Assassination Program


The Intercept has the book review “Rise and Kill First” Explores the Corrupting Effects of Israel’s Assassination Program.

Bergman, an Israeli former lawyer and investigative journalist, charts not only the details of assassinations over the past century, but also the corrupting effect of relying on the black to the exclusion of diplomacy and compromise. Why negotiate with your enemies when it’s so easy to kill them?

As a member of a minority group that often suffers seemingly undeserved hate against it, I take particular exception to this possible collateral damage from Israeli government actions.

Because the book concentrates on Israeli actions and their corrupting effects within the Israeli polity, it sometimes misses their consequences in the countries where they took place. Employing Jewish citizens of Syria, Egypt, and Iraq as spies, for example, created the misimpression that their communities were fifth columns. Bombing and invading Lebanon in the 1970s and 1980s, with assassination an essential element of the campaign, produced out of the hitherto pacific Lebanese Shiite community an organization called Hezbollah that became the most effective guerrilla force Israel had ever faced.

If you are a member of my tribe, and want to give unquestioned support to the government of Israel, you might consider the above consequence.

If you are a citizen of the USA, you might want to consider the consequence of supporting our own govenment’s actions along these lines. Maybe this is the true answer to George W. Bush’s question about “Why do they hate us, so?”

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