Golani Commando

A Memoir of Special Operations in the Israel Defense Forces


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About the Book

Elon Perry joined the Israel Defense Forces as a teenager in 1975—one of many young Israelis who reluctantly entered military service in an adult war—and was enrolled in an elite commando unit of the decorated Golani Brigade. Covering 28 years of compulsory reserve duty through the 1976 Operation Entebbe, the 1982 Lebanon War, antiterrorism operations and the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, his frank, reflective memoir describes the grueling Golani training regime—described by many as “Mission Impossible”—and contrasts the exhilaration of high-risk operations in enemy territory with a disdain for war, its moral dilemmas and its victories.

About the Author(s)

Elon Perry is a former commando soldier of the elite Golani Brigade of the Israel Defense Forces, in which he served for 28 years. He was a journalist for 25 years covering wars and terrorist attacks. Since 2010, he has been lecturing in the UK and USA about the 100 years of terror in the Middle East, with an emphasis on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He lives in London.

Bibliographic Details

Elon Perry
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 226
Bibliographic Info: 54 photos, index
Copyright Date: 2022
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8528-1
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4454-7
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface: Reluctant Heroes 1
Prologue 4
1. Child Under War 15
2. My Enrollment into a Commando Unit 27
3. My First Baptism of Fire 35
4. Methods of Training and Operating 58
5. My Best Friend’s Death on the Battlefield 68
6. The Development of Terrorism Against Israel 79
7. The ­Israeli-Palestinian Conflict 88
8. Operation Litani 99
9. The Ongoing Civil War in Lebanon 109
10. How I Almost Saved Lebanese President Bashir Gemayel from His Assassination 117
11. The Lebanon War of June 1982 129
12. The Undercover Mista’arvim 146
13. My One Collaboration with a Mista’arvim Unit 156
14. Inspiration—How I Healed Myself from PTSD and Anxiety 166
15. Moral Dilemmas During Battle 179
16. 1976 Operation Entebbe 192
Epilogue 211
Index 219