The book’s author, Ronen Bergman, an Israeli investigative journalist who works for the Yedioth Ahronoth, a national daily newspaper published in Tel Aviv, Israel, said many of the interviewees he spoke with justified the killings with this belief, the National Post reported.
Bergman also said many of the Israeli techniques were later adopted by the U.S., especially after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and recently by the former President Barack Obama, who launched several hundred targeted killings.
“The command-and-control systems, the war rooms, the methods of information gathering and the technology of the pilotless aircraft, or drones, that now serve the Americans and their allies were all in large part developed in Israel,” Bergman wrote.
In 2010, Bergman said Israeli secret services tried to interfere with his work. In a bid to disrupt his research, the agents even held a meeting with former Mossad employees warning them not to speak with him.
The book, which contains interviews with the former prime ministers Ehud Barak and Ehud Olmert, relates the terrifying details of how Israel’s state-sanctioned assassination program evolved into an assassination machine as the operatives gained skills with every passing strike. This took the form of car bombs, mail bombs, airstrikes and explosive devices attached to cars by operatives on motorcycles.
And when the process became too time-consuming, the heads of the secret agencies created a workaround “by which an assassination was called something else so that it would fall under a different decision-making protocol.”