Mike Davidson. It's an expendable team, but relying on paid informants, they track and kill several in Europe and Lebanon. Israel did authorize and empower a counter-terror assassination campaign in Munich’s wake (more on that below), but no list of targets was ever given to an assassination team. But Spielberg has bought into one of the myths of the Mossad—that after Munich they staged a revenge operation to hunt down and assassinate everyone responsible. Mossad agents have since claimed he was the head of Black September in France, but offer no real evidence. they technically don't exist.In accepting the lead, Avner must leave his beautiful and pregnant wife Daphna (a very strong Ayelet Zorer) for what could be a number of years. They must constantly look over their shoulders for the CIA, KGB, PLO, and their own sources. It is for these reasons, then, that we can conclude that the hit teams which undertook reprisal missions against the members of Black September involved in the Munich massacre most likely did not experience the kinds of doubt those in the film did. The first to die was Wael Zwaiter, a Palestinian intellectualwho lived in Rome. Assassination teams were sent out, mission by mission, as evidence and opportunity warranted. These executions are also intended to serve as statements. After Black September's assassination of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972, Prime Minister Golda Meir okays a covert operation to hunt down and kill all involved. During the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, eleven Israeli athletes are taken hostage and murdered by a Palestinian terrorist group known as Black September. Who are the targets that the agents have to eliminate? But it might help to remind people that state-sanctioned assassination campaigns have failed as a tactic against terrorism. It's about the moral dilemmas created by endless cycles of vengeance. Perhaps the film could also make audiences realise that if serious action had been taken after Munich to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, then 9/11 would probably never have happened. A cover-up spanning four U.S. Presidents pushes the country's first female newspaper publisher and her editor to join an unprecedented battle between press and government. The explosion ignited the fuel tank, and the captive Israelis burned. 14 wins & 70 nominations. Several US critics have complained that Spielberg depicts the Palestinians and the Israelis as equally culpable. Moreover, contrary to the film, in which then Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir handpicks the leader of the mission, Avner, Meir had nothing to do with the selection of the teams responsible for tracking down and eliminating the members of Black September involved in the massacre. It didn’t happen that way. In the absence of political solutions, the Israeli government and people have come to rely on targeted killings as their standard response to bombings. "I couldn't believe it. It was broadcast by ABC November 7, 1976. Vengeance is a true story that reads like a novel. As a technical production, it was well done; as a sermon it was questionable; but as history, it was a failure. As the body count mounts -- with retribution following retribution -- so do questions, doubts, and sleepless nights.