The Israeli Secret Services and the Struggle Against Terrorism

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Columbia University Press
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6.3 X 9.0 X 1.0 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author
Ami Pedahzur is professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin. His books include Jewish Terrorism in Israel (with Arie Perliger), Suicide Terrorism, and The Israeli Response to Jewish Extremism and Violence: Defending Democracy.
A succinct but thoroughly researched account of how Israel's security agencies have sought to defeat terrorist organizations from the pre-state Yishuv to events following the 2006 war with Hezbollah. After examining the historical record, Ami Pedahzur concludes that the application of defensive measures has proved more successful in deterring terrorist attacks than 'targeted killings' and other forms of warlike measures.--Leonard Weinberg, University of Nevada, Reno
Ami Pedahzur has written an astute, well-documented, and compelling analysis of Israel's reliance on the 'war model' to combat terrorism. Israel's political and military leaders were consistently unable to resist the temptation of dramatic and costly uses of force when modest defensive or conciliatory measures were preferable. This lesson should not be lost on any national policymaker confronted by terrorism.--Martha Crenshaw, Stanford University
[A] superb examination of Israel's secret services.--Daniel Byman "New York Post "
[Pedahzur] offers a brilliant description of Israel's fight against terrorism from 1948 to the present.--Seth J. Frantzman "The Jerusalem Post "
"The Israeli Secret Services & the Struggles Against Terrorism" is a fine read and solidly recommended.--James A. Cox "Midwest Book Review "
the book sheds a great deal of light on the activities of counterterrorism organizations that mostly operate in the shadows and on the seemingly haphazard ways counterterrorism policy is formulated in times of crisis.--Aaron M. Hoffman "Shofar "
[Pedahzur's] insights are so well reasoned and relevant that the pages almost turn themselves.--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
More than entertaining spy stories... this book will be a great aid to other Western countries around the world struggling to confront terror.--Jewish Book World
A fascinating history of counterterrorism by Israeli security agencies... Highly recommended.--Choice