By Daniel Byman
Within the sixty-plus years of the Jewish state's lifestyles, Israeli governments have exhausted nearly each alternative in protecting their nation opposed to terror assaults. Israel has survived or even thrived--but either its electorate and its Arab associates have paid dearly.
In A excessive Price , Daniel Byman breaks down the twin myths of Israeli omnipotence and--conversely--ineptitude in scuffling with terror, providing in its place a nuanced, definitive historic account of the state's daring yet frequently failed efforts to struggle terrorist teams. The made of painstaking examine and numerous interviews, the e-book chronicles diversified sessions of Israeli counterterrorism. starting with the violent border disputes that emerged after Israel's founding in 1948, Byman charts the increase of Yasir Arafat's Fatah and leftist teams equivalent to the preferred entrance for the Liberation of Palestine--organizations that ushered within the period of foreign terrorism epitomized by way of the 1972 hostage-taking on the Munich Olympics. Byman follows how Israel fought those teams and new ones, equivalent to Hamas, within the many years that keep on with, with specific consciousness to the grinding and painful fight throughout the moment intifada. Israel's debacles in Lebanon opposed to teams just like the Lebanese Hizballah also are tested in-depth, as is the country's challenging reaction to Jewish terrorist teams that experience struck at Arabs and Israelis looking peace.
In surveying Israel's reaction to terror, the writer issues to the coups of shadowy Israeli intelligence providers, the much-emulated use of protecting measures corresponding to sky marshals on airplanes, and the position of debatable strategies akin to distinct killings and the protection barrier that separates Israel from Palestinian components. both instructive are the shortcomings that experience undermined Israel's counterterrorism objectives, together with a fail to remember for long term making plans and a failure to acknowledge the long term political repercussions of counterterrorism tactics.
Israel is usually a laboratory: new terrorist options are frequently used opposed to it first, and Israel in flip develops cutting edge countermeasures that different states reproduction. A excessive Price expertly explains how Israel's successes and screw ups can serve to notify all nations combating terrorism this day.
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Extra resources for A High Price: The Triumphs and Failures of Israeli Counterterrorism
Since the outbreak of the Al ‘Aqsa Intifada in September , Israel has stepped up attacks on civilians, militants, the government and civil infrastructure. indd 26 3/17/05 10:08:57 AM pa l e s t i n e Under Sharon’s government, Israeli soldiers have bombed Palestinian cities, sent tanks into Palestinian villages, assassinated Palestinian leaders, killed Palestinian youths, demolished Palestinian homes, blockaded Palestinian towns, mined Palestinian ﬁelds, and made Arafat a virtual hostage in the West Bank.
Which is the main part of its concern,” he said. ”45 The Israeli policy of West Bank and Gaza closures causes severe economic stagnation. 46 Even Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had reservations concerning the government’s use of closure, “I am not a big believer in using closure. ”47 Thus the bombings resonate against a dual backdrop of economic hardship and the disappearance of any potential peace dividend. Palestinians are convinced that military operations are the only way to wear down the Israeli resolve and weaken their desire to hold onto the Territories.
Conventional explanations of Palestinian suicide bombing regard it as a way for radical Islamic organizations to slow or stem the improvement of relations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. In this capacity, the bombings play a strategic “spoiler role” to the peace process. Hamas urged more violence as relations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority improved. ”5 According to the report, Hamas and Islamic Jihad had agents who provided information on political developments, including inside information about negotiations with Israel, and the United States, thus enabling Hamas and the Islamic Jihad to respond accordingly.
A High Price: The Triumphs and Failures of Israeli Counterterrorism by Daniel Byman