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Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist team
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Author George Jonas
Country United States
Language English
Genre Narrative nonfiction
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Publication date 1984
Media type Print Paperback
Pages 376
ISBN 0-671-50611-0
OCLC Number 10507421
Dewey Decimal 956/.04 19
Library of Congress Classification DS119.7 .J55 1984

Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team is a 1984 book by George Jonas describing part of Operation Wrath of God, the Israeli assassination campaign launched after the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre. In some countries it was published under the title Vengeance: Sword of Gideon.

The main source of the book is also the main character, Yuval Aviv, known in the book as Avner. A Mossad officer, he is recruited to lead a small team into Europe to assassinate a number of suspected PLO and Black September militants. Each of the book's chapters deals with a separate stage of the mission, including the background to each assassination. Although Jonas claimed to have verified Aviv's story as much as possible, critics, including members of the Israeli Intelligence Community, have called into question story's validity.[citation needed] It has inspired both a 1986 made for television movie called Sword of Gideon and the 2005 Steven Spielberg film Munich.[1]


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