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Lessons from Israel’s Response to Terrorism

Fiamma Nirenstein, editor,  2017

A team of Jerusalem Center experts headed by Fiamma Nirenstein – former Vice President of the Committee on Foreign Affairs in Italy’s Chamber of Deputies – takes a very timely look at Israel’s model for dealing with terror.
Contributors to this study include Amb. Dore Gold, Brig. Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser, Amb. Freddy Eytan, Amb. Alan Baker, Dan Diker, Prof. Asa Kasher, Jennifer Roskies, and Dr. Irwin Mansdorf. Read More »


Democracy Facing Terrorism: Human Rights and Military Ethics

Prof. Asa Kasher,  2017

This chapter provides a conceptual framework for presentation, explanation, and justification of practices Israel has used over decades for facing terrorism. These practices are related to fighting terrorists and their supporters, usually but not always outside areas of Israeli effective control, and respecting human and civil rights within the confines of Israel and areas under its effective control. Read More »


Incentivizing Terrorism: Palestinian Authority Allocations to Terrorists and their Families

January 17, 2017

The Palestinian Authority’s legislation and allocations of monthly salaries and benefits rewarding imprisoned and released terrorists, and the families of “Martyrs,” amount to $300 million annually. This financial reward clearly demonstrates the PA’s institutional commitment to sponsoring terror against Israel. Read More »


Why Is France the Preferred Target for Terrorists?

Amb. Freddy Eytan,  July 19, 2016

After the murderous attack in Nice, France is sinking deep into depression; the Republic itself and its values sustained a heavy blow on the holiday of freedom. The French people still have not totally internalized the fact that they are in an existential war, and they are having trouble recovering from the recent wave of terror. France is the symbol of freedom, enlightenment, and democratic values, which stand in complete contrast to the dark, barbaric ideology of global terror organizations. Read More »


International Funding for Salaries and Benefits to Terrorists

Amb. Alan Baker,  July 14, 2016

Funding from foreign governments (including the U.S., the UK, Denmark and other EU countries) transferred to official Palestinian governing bodies has been used for salaries and other benefits to Palestinians serving prison sentences for acts of terror. The channeling of donor funding to compensate terrorists and thereby to encourage further terror raises serious legal and moral questions. Read More »


How Close Are We to Unconventional Terror Attacks by ISIS? The Dirty Bomb Scenario

Dr. Barak Ben Zur,  May 19, 2016

How serious is threat the threat of an ISIS nuclear or radiological attack, and in the absence of clear leads and intelligence materials, how can we assess this threat? Read More »


Dying for Allah

Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser,  March 23, 2016

The sensitivity to criticism of the Islamic fundamentalist attitude on the “death for Allah” value, which has been fully adopted by the Palestinian cultural code, is a further instance of our difficulty in understanding a different culture, which leads us to project our own values onto the other in a mirror-perfect image. The value of “dying for Allah” has been adopted by Radical Islam’s distorted interpretation of Islam’s tenets. Read More »


Hamas’ Terrorism in Egypt

Yoni Ben Menachem,  March 10, 2016

Egypt has officially accused Hamas of training the terror operatives who assassinated Egyptian Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat last year. Hamas now fears that Egypt will declare the movement a terror organization and torpedo Turkey’s efforts to ease the blockade of Gaza. Read More »


Palestinian Authority Funding to Terrorists and their Families

Lenny Ben-David,  March 3, 2016

The Palestinian Authority (PA) is responsible for one more nefarious form of incitement to attack Jews – paying large bounties to the attackers and their families. Rather than being deterred by the harsh consequence of their terrorist attack at Israel’s hand, the perpetrators are actually encouraged and incentivized by the Palestinian leadership. Read More »


The Knife and the Message:
The Roots of the New Palestinian Uprising

Hirsh Goodman, Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser, editors,  2016

A carefully calibrated policy of incitement has brought the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to a new level, one that generates terror without fingerprints, but which adroitly serves Fatah’s strategy of an endless war of attrition against Israel. Read More »


Interpreting Palestinian “Sign Language”

Pinhas Inbari,  February 16, 2016

The attempted terror attack at Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate on February 14, 2016 signifies that the effort to turn the “popular intifada” into armed terror does not only stem from Hamas, which opposed the popular struggle approach from the beginning, but also from the Fatah movement in the West Bank. The graphics of Fatah sites devoted to the intifada (or the “habba” or buzz) provide clues to the direction the winds are blowing. Read More »


Incitement by the Palestinians’ Post-Attack PR Industry

Lenny Ben-David,  February 2, 2016

In the current surge of attacks, the terrorist trail of incitement may not be apparent before the attack, but the terrorist trail of incitement after the attack certainly is. This post-attack trail serves as all-too-sufficient incitement for the next attack. Read More »


The Psychology of "Lone Wolf" Palestinian Arab Violence

Dr. Irwin J. Mansdorf,  January 14, 2016

The outbreak of violence by mostly young individual Palestinian Arabs has been attributed to a variety of explanations that range from nationalistic motives to more religious ones. Religious and nationalistic factors can both act as triggers for violence, and what is termed “incitement” appears to be an interactive process that combines a causative psychological igniting factor with pre-existing supportive cognitive fuel. Read More »


The True Face of the Palestinians’ Leader

Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser,  January 13, 2016

There is a continued perception of Mahmoud Abbas as the “moderate” representative of the Palestinian cause. This stance represents a misunderstanding of Abbas’ position, which continues to encourage terror, but not terror through means of firearms. Such encouragement is responsible for the latest wave of terror in Israel. Read More »


How to Block the Ongoing Palestinian Terror Wave

Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser,  January 3, 2016

The Palestinian terror wave is not letting up, and fighting it more effectively requires a close examination of its roots and its objectives. Read More »


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Social Media Investigation

How Israel Spots Lone-Wolf Attackers (June 9, 2017)
Israeli Monitoring of Social Media Thwarts Terror Attacks by 2200 Palestinians (April 19, 2017)
Israeli Soldiers Scour Social Media to Stop Violence (March 10, 2017)
EU Eyes Israeli Technologies for Spotting Militants (July 20, 2016)
Israel is Using Social Media to Prevent Terrorist Attacks (April 21, 2016)

Civilian Self-Defense

Civilian Self-Defense is Esential to Combat Modern Terrorism (June 14, 2017)

Terrorism Prevention

Israel Speeds Up Camera Placements in West Bank in Effort to Deter Terrorism (June 18, 2017)
Israel Capitalizes on Expertise in Counter-Terrorism (June 7, 2017)
Netanyahu: Israel Taking Steps to Deal with Terrorists (January 10, 2017)
How to Prevent the Next “Lone Wolf” Terror Attack (August 9, 2016)
What the World Can Learn from Israel after July’s Wave of Deadly Attacks (August 4, 2016)
Israel’s Counterterrorism Lessons For Europe (July 19, 2016)
Can an Orlando-Style Attack Happen in Israel? (June 17, 2016)
Police Tactics, Intelligence-Sharing Tip Scales in Jerusalem’s War on Terror (March 31, 2016)


Israeli “Eye in the Sky” Drone Can Watch 80 Sq. Km. in Real Time (June 16, 2017)
Israeli Biometric Startup Sees Surge in Demand as Security Woes Weigh (July 28, 2016)
IDF to Defend Against Cyber Attacks on Vital Infrastructure (February 18, 2016)

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