The Israeli Secret Services and the Struggle Against Terrorism

The Israeli Secret Services and the Struggle Against Terrorism

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by Ami Pedahzur
     
 

"While Mossad is known as one of the world's most successful terrorist-fighting organizations, the state of Israel has, more than once and on many levels, risked the lives of its agents and soldiers through unwise intelligence-based intervention. The elimination of Palestinian leaders and militants has not decreased the incidence of Palestinian terrorism, for example.… See more details below

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"While Mossad is known as one of the world's most successful terrorist-fighting organizations, the state of Israel has, more than once and on many levels, risked the lives of its agents and soldiers through unwise intelligence-based intervention. The elimination of Palestinian leaders and militants has not decreased the incidence of Palestinian terrorism, for example. In fact, these incidents have become more lethal than ever, and ample evidence suggests that the actions of Israeli intelligence have fueled terrorist activities across the globe." An expert on terror and political extremism, Ami Pedahzur argues that Israel's strict reliance on the elite units of the intelligence community is fundamentally flawed. A unique synthesis of memoir, academic research, and information gathered from print and online sources, Pedahzur's complex study explores this issue through Israel's past encounters with terrorists, specifically hostage rescue missions, the first and second wars in Lebanon, the challenges of the West Bank and Gaza, Palestinian terrorist groups, and Hezbollah. He brings a rare transparency to Israel's counterterrorist activities, highlighting their successes and failures and the factors that have contributed to these results. From the foundations of this analysis, Pedahzur ultimately builds a strategy for future confrontation that will be relevant not only to Israel but also to other countries that have adopted Israel's intelligence-based model.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231140423
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2009
Series:
Columbia Studies in Terrorism and Irregular Warfare Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 The Emergence of Israel's Counterterrorism Doctrine 14

2 The Path to the Defensive Model and Back 30

3 Rescuing Hostages 47

4 The Lebanese Puzzle 66

5 New Challenges from the West Bank and Gaza 75

6 The Global Challenge of Iran and Hezbollah 83

7 New Rivals, Old Responses 94

8 A War Against an Elusive Enemy 111

9 The Second Lebanon War and Beyond 128

10 Fighting the Terrorism Plague 135

Notes 151

Glossary 187

Index 201

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