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...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!