By Daniel Byman
Within the sixty-plus years of the Jewish state's lifestyles, Israeli governments have exhausted nearly each choice in protecting their state opposed to terror assaults. Israel has survived or even thrived--but either its electorate and its Arab friends have paid dearly.
In A excessive Price , Daniel Byman breaks down the twin myths of Israeli omnipotence and--conversely--ineptitude in scuffling with terror, supplying as an alternative a nuanced, definitive old account of the state's daring yet frequently failed efforts to struggle terrorist teams. The manufactured from painstaking learn and numerous interviews, the publication chronicles assorted 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 similar to the preferred entrance for the Liberation of Palestine--organizations that ushered within the period of foreign terrorism epitomized by means of the 1972 hostage-taking on the Munich Olympics. Byman follows how Israel fought those teams and new ones, comparable to Hamas, within the many years that persist with, with specific realization to the grinding and painful fight in the course of 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 troublesome 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 prone, the much-emulated use of protective measures similar to sky marshals on airplanes, and the function of debatable recommendations resembling exact killings and the protection barrier that separates Israel from Palestinian components. both instructive are the shortcomings that experience undermined Israel's counterterrorism ambitions, together with a overlook 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 ideas are usually used opposed to it first, and Israel in flip develops leading edge countermeasures that different states reproduction. A excessive Price expertly explains how Israel's successes and screw ups can serve to notify all nations struggling with terrorism this day.
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A High Price: The Triumphs and Failures of Israeli Counterterrorism by Daniel Byman