The security imperative in counterterror operations: the Israeli fight against suicidal terror

Catignani, Sergio (2005) The security imperative in counterterror operations: the Israeli fight against suicidal terror. Terrorism and Political Violence, 17 (1-2). pp. 245-264. ISSN 09546553

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Abstract

Israel has had a long tradition of fighting international and Palestinian terror. This article looks at how Israel counterterrorism strategy and tactics have developed since the establishment of the State in 1948. By initially providing a working definition of terrorism, the article then goes to show how Israel has sought to defend itself from different Palestinian terror tactics. This article shows how Israeli security forces have struggled safeguarding, and sometimes disregarded Palestinian human rights. This article concludes by arguing that given the responsibility of democratic governments of defending their citizens from imminent terror attacks, such governments often find themselves paradoxically violating human rights. Despite attempts to reduce such human rights abuses, governments will never do so at the expense of their own security.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Depositing User: Sergio Catignani
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:29
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2012 09:02
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/12702
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