Operation Wrath of God Essay
In a swift response to the Munich Massacre the “Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir gave instructions for Israeli agents to hunt down and kill those …show more content…
The operations were orchestrated by a small team of operatives and support. The teams “operated outside of direct government control” (Wikipedia, 2010). They would gather intelligence on targets and assist the assassin in escaping from the scene. The attacks were supposed to be dramatic to create more fear. They accomplished this by installing bombs and killing with multiple shots. The diversity created even more fear. A bomb was planted in a phone which was activated after confirming target another under one’s bed (Wikipedia, 2010). The operation appeared to be successful until the wrong target was killed.
Israel believed that Ali Hassan Salameh was the leader of the massacre. They located him in a Norwegian town in 1973. The assassins “shot a man returning from a movie with his pregnant wife. The victim turned out to be a Moroccan waiter” (Palmer, 2010). This was a detrimental error for the operation. It opened Israel to new attacks from terrorists, public scrutiny (not just nationally but globally as well) and loss of plausible deniability.