Deadly Force

How Israeli commandos are waging an undercover war in the occupied territories

The operation begins with careful primping: the five men, all commandos in the Israeli army, put on their makeup. To create a dark complexion, they smear a thick, oily foundation cream on face, hands and arms. One of the soldiers pastes on a fake mustache; another paints a jagged scar on his cheek. To complete their disguise -- they are posing as Arab charcoalmakers today -- the men, clad in T shirts, jeans and sneakers, smudge their faces with soot.

Setting out from a hiding place in the woods near the Palestinian town of Jenin, they drive through the West Bank...

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