A High Price: The Triumphs and Failures of Israeli Counterterrorism by Daniel BymanA High Price: The Triumphs and Failures of Israeli Counterterrorism by Daniel Byman

A High Price: The Triumphs and Failures of Israeli Counterterrorism

byDaniel Byman

Paperback | February 12, 2013

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The product of painstaking research and countless interviews, A High Price offers a nuanced, definitive historical account of Israel's bold but often failed efforts to fight terrorist groups. Beginning with the violent border disputes that emerged after Israel's founding in 1948, Daniel Bymancharts the rise of Yasir Arafat's Fatah and leftist groups such as the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine--organizations that ushered in the era of international terrorism epitomized by the 1972 hostage-taking at the Munich Olympics. Byman reveals how Israel fought these groups andothers, such as Hamas, in the decades that follow, with particular attention to the grinding and painful struggle during the second intifada. Israel's debacles in Lebanon against groups like the Lebanese Hizballah are examined in-depth, as is the country's problematic response to Jewish terroristgroups that have struck at Arabs and Israelis seeking peace. In surveying Israel's response to terror, the author points to the coups of shadowy Israeli intelligence services, the much-emulated use of defensive measures such as sky marshals on airplanes, and the role of controversial techniques suchas targeted killings and the security barrier that separates Israel from Palestinian areas. Equally instructive are the shortcomings that have undermined Israel's counterterrorism goals, including a disregard for long-term planning and a failure to recognize the long-term political repercussions ofcounterterrorism tactics.
Daniel Byman is Professor in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and Senior Fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. He has served on the 9/11 Commission staff and as an analyst with the U.S. government.
Title:A High Price: The Triumphs and Failures of Israeli CounterterrorismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:February 12, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199931781

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Table of Contents

Section and Chapter OutlineI. Beginnings (1940-1967)1. The Glass House (Jewish resistance to British rule)2. Crossborder Wars (Fighting Fedayeen attacks from Jordan and Egypt)II. The Birth of International Terrorism (1967-1993)3. The Rise of the PLO4. The PFLP and the Birth of International Terrorism (Munich, Dawson's Field)5. Israel Strikes Back (Operations Spring of Youth, Wrath of God, Thunderbolt, the Tunis raid, etc.)III. Counterterrorism and the Palestinian Authority (1993-2000)6. The Dreams of Oslo7. The Rise of Hamas8. Partners? (1996 Cooperation, the Tunnel Clash, Arafat's Policies)9. Israel Organizes for Counterterrorism (Military and Intelligence Changes)10. Clouds on the Horizon (the Road to the Second Intifada)IV. The Dark Days of the Second Intifada (2000-2002)11. One Million Bullets (Israel's Response to the Second Intifada)12. Killing Raed Karmi (Discussion of Israel's conflicting strategies and targeted killings)V. "Victory" and Its Limits (2002-present)13. Entering the Hornet's Nest: The Battle of Jenin (Discussion of Operation Defensive Shield)14. Back to the Wall (Building the Security Barrier)15. Declaring Victory and Going Home (Unilateral Withdrawal from Gaza)16. Stuck in the West Bank?VI. Fighting Hezbollah (1982-2007)17. Birth of a Monster (Israel's Invasion of Lebanon and the Creation of Hezbollah)18. The Rules of the Game (Limited War with Hezbollah in the 1990s)19. The Promise of Normalcy in Lebanon (Withdrawal in 2000 and its Unfulfilled Hopes)20. Hezbollah Returns (the 2006 War)VII. Jewish Terrorism21. Destroying the Abomination (Attacks on Mayors and the Plot to Blow up the Dome of the Rock)22. To Kill a Prime MinisterVIII. A Report Card23. Evaluating Israeli Strategies24. Public Resilience25. Winning the Battles, Losing the War (Inevitable Tradeoffs and the Long-Term Consequences of Counterterrorism)IX. Lessons for America (and Europe)26. Learning from Israel