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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 voters and its Arab acquaintances have paid dearly.

In A excessive Price , Daniel Byman breaks down the twin myths of Israeli omnipotence and--conversely--ineptitude in combating terror, supplying as an alternative a nuanced, definitive ancient account of the state's daring yet usually failed efforts to struggle terrorist teams. The manufactured from painstaking learn and numerous interviews, the booklet chronicles diverse classes 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 overseas terrorism epitomized through the 1972 hostage-taking on the Munich Olympics. Byman follows how Israel fought those teams and new ones, resembling Hamas, within the a long time that stick to, with specific consciousness to the grinding and painful fight through 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 complicated 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 reminiscent of sky marshals on airplanes, and the function of arguable ideas comparable to particular killings and the safety barrier that separates Israel from Palestinian parts. both instructive are the shortcomings that experience undermined Israel's counterterrorism targets, together with a forget 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 suggestions 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 international locations struggling with terrorism at the present time.

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The White House, for example, has on occasion asserted not the strong likelihood of a covert Iranian nuclear weapons programme but instead spoken in stronger terms, claiming emphatically that ‘Iran is aggressively pursuing weapons of mass destruction, particularly nuclear weapons’,79 a claim that it has backed up only with the vague references to ‘intelligence sources’ that seem dubious in the wake of allegations of Iraqi weapons. Even more dubious assertions – again all unsupported – have been made about the scale and extent of Iranian intervention in Iraq by senior administration officials, notably Donald Rumsfeld, as well as by pundits.

This reflects one of the most dangerous characteristics of American thinking: the sense of inevitability with which future threats have been viewed. The clearest example, and for Americans perhaps the most painful, is of course the domino theory that President Eisenhower had articulated in the 1950s and which later came to dominate administration thinking in the run-up to and course of the Vietnam War. 55 Traits of the same viewpoint have emerged in the writings of US hawks on Iran. 57 Moral superiority Because there were few practical restraints upon the early settlers as they overran the vast regions that lay before them, another unfortunate legacy of this early record among latter-day Americans is an attitude of dismissiveness, perhaps even latent superiority, towards those who stand in their way.

The revolutionary cry of ‘Equality’, ‘Free Election’ and ‘your Federal Band’ has convincingly been termed ‘a secular Trinity [that] replaced the Christian one’ and the Founding Fathers of the Revolution ‘the objects of a strange reverence’ who had been ‘canonized [by] the zealots who brought it about’. 62 Bearing an overwhelming belief in its own self, it may be said that modern America continues to bear many of the traits of traditional Christianity, although its fanaticism is much better concealed by its secular language of ‘freedom’ and ‘justice’ and other seemingly self-evident values.

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