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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 »


Saving Gazans or Saving Gaza’s Terrorist Tunnels?

Lenny Ben-David,  December 29, 2015

In light of Egypt’s anti-tunnel campaign on the Gazan border, the anti-Israel, violence-advocating International Solidarity Movement has issued a plea to Egypt to halt said campaign. The ISM claims that the campaign needlessly endangers innocent Palestinian lives. However, in recent years, these tunnels have become two-way conduits for weapons, with Hamas providing weapons to ISIS terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula. Read More »


The Palestinian Authority Will Find No Friend in ISIS

Pinhas Inbari,  December 28, 2015

The threats against Israel by ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi constitute a change in the terror organization’s line. So far it has avoided such proclamations, and its official organs make almost no mention of the Palestine problem. However, such a change should be distressing to the PA, as the PA and the PLO want to establish a Palestinian state, and that goal totally contravenes ISIS’s ambition to destroy the existing states and create a sharia-based caliphate in their stead. Read More »


How Jihadists Link Paris and Jerusalem

Dan Diker,  December 10, 2015

Radical Islamic terrorism in Paris and Jerusalem has reignited the debate in the West over terrorist motivation. Read More »


Do Stabbing Attacks Constitute Terrorism?

Amb. Alan Baker,  December 9, 2015

Why did the Swedish leadership, while acknowledging the need to prevent individuals from carrying out acts of terror, nevertheless appear to have maintained such a blatant double-standard in denying that knife attacks by individuals against Israeli citizens could be acts of terror? Read More »


The “Spontaneous” Intifada Is Orchestrated by the Palestinian Leadership

Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi,  November 29, 2015

The Palestinian leadership is attempting to portray the current intifada as a popular, spontaneous struggle that expresses the population's despair over the political situation. In reality, it is an intifada supported and directed by the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah . The green light for violent agitation and terror attacks has been given by the Palestinian leadership​. ​The Palestinian leadership also guarantees a network of social and financial support to any Palestinian resident who is arrested, wounded or harmed in the course of anti-Israel terror activity. The Palestinian Authority, led by Mahmoud Abbas, wants to use the violence as a tool to achieve its political objectives, which include compelling Israel to withdraw from the West Bank and east Jerusalem. Read More »


Terror Is Terror Is Terror

Lt. Col. (ret.) Michael Segall,  November 23, 2015

If terror is to be fought and soundly defeated, the struggle must be waged against all the terror organizations and the states that support them. Iran has already headed the list of terror-supporting states for years. It is now awarded the status of a partner in trying to settle the Syrian crisis.The United States and the West continue to take an approach to terror that is unfocused, selective, and indulgent. They are no longer prepared to pay the price that is entailed in a resolute, hands-on struggle against terror. Read More »


Iran’s Fortunes Rising in a Middle East Vacuum

Lt. Col. (ret.) Michael Segall,  March 19, 2014

Iran is implementing a plan to expand its influence over the Middle Eastern region. As a primary sponsor of Hizbullah and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), the “long arm” of Iranian influence may be attempting to establish itself as a regional power player, in the wake of the U.S.’ declining prestige. Read More »


After the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Is Hamas in Gaza Next in Line?

Col. (ret.) Dr. Jacques Neriah,  October 1, 2013

With the fall of the Muslim Brotherhood, Egyptian security forces take aim at the Palestinian offshoot of the Brotherhood, Hamas. A U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization, Hamas has recently lost many of its regional allies. With their supply routes in danger, Hamas leaders are scrambling for ways to stay alive. Read More »


The Fundamentals of Israel's Strategic Environment

Amb. Dore Gold,  August 22, 2013

There is a view that developments since the advent of the Arab Spring have completely altered the way Israel should look at its national security needs for many decades to come. However, while many of the essential facts of Israeli security remain the same, the changes in neighboring and hostile regimes, such as power vacuums being filled by terrorist organizations and additional weaponry being smuggled into conflict zones, result in a need for re-evaluation of Israeli strategy. Read More »


NGOs: “Global Conscience” or Powerful Political Actors?

Dr. Rephael Ben-Ari,  July 15, 2013

Nearly forty thousand INGOs are active in the world today. Experts point to the possibility that some INGOs are being widely exploited by terrorist networks as easy points of infiltration into the civic space. Some are accused of not denouncing violence, or even of supporting terrorism. It must therefore be realized that INGOs can potentially facilitate international cooperation and the rule of law, but they can also obstruct them. Read More »


Egypt after Morsi: The Defeat of Political Islam?

Col. (ret.) Dr. Jacques Neriah,  July 12, 2013

The Muslim Brotherhood’s 80-year dream to take over Egypt ended in a fiasco, barely one year after one of its own was democratically elected to the office of President of Egypt. The Brotherhood’s loss sends a message that political Islam can be subdued by moderate and liberal forces, providing hope to those struggling against Jihadist and MB-associated groups. The new regime in Egypt allows Israel maintain the status quo with regards to the Egyptian/Israeli Peace Treaty. Read More »


Changing Forms of Incitement to Violence

Amb. Alan Baker,  2012

The most neglected yet critical component of international terror is the element of incitement. Incitement is the medium through which the ideology of terror actually materializes into the act of terror itself. This volume presents insights of experts regarding incitement, as well as a Draft International Convention to Combat Incitement to Terror and Violence intended for presentation to the Secretary-General of the United Nations. Read More »


Draft International Convention for the Prevention of Incitement

Amb. Alan Baker,  July 12, 2012

The draft international convention proposed in this paper represents an effort to place before the international community a draft comprehensive instrument that attempts to address the issue of incitement and to criminalize it in international law. Read More »


Iran, Hizbullah, Hamas and the Global Jihad: A New Conflict Paradigm for the West

Amb. Dore Gold, Lt.-Gen. (ret.) Moshe Yaalon, Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Dr. Shimon Shapira, Dan Diker, Dr. Martin Kramer, Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi,  2011

Iran’s primary vulnerability is the economic sphere. Although half of the Iranian government’s revenues come from the export of crude oil, without foreign investment, production of crude oil will falter. In order to convince Iran to give up the nuclear program, the U.S. and its allies must exploit their economic leverage, backed up by a credible threat of military force against the nuclear program and other targets in Iran as necessary. Read More »


Iran’s Race for Regional Supremacy: Strategic Implications for the Middle East

September 21, 2011

Iran has accelerated its quest for regional supremacy through its mobilization of both Shiite and Sunni terror surrogates, including Hizbullah in Lebanon, Shiite militias in Iraq and in the Gulf, the Taliban in Afghanistan, and Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and the Al Aksa Martyrs’ Brigades in the Palestinian territories. These actions could destabilize the entire region, creating a threat to global security. Read More »


Hatred’s Kingdom: How Saudi Arabia Supports the New Global Terrorism

Amb. Dore Gold,  2011

Saudi Arabia’s support for terrorism is examined in this book. The Saudi kingdom has supplied the radical ideology that compels terrorist action, as well as providing terrorists with manpower and money. Read More »


Conference: Hamas the Gaza War and Accountability under International Law

June 18, 2009

Hamas failed in its duty to serve its citizens by developing the economy and society. Instead, Hamas built an arsenal of weapons and engaged in terror attacks against the Israeli state, forcing Israel to engage in a defensive operation. The goal of this conference is to contribute to clarifying the legal challenges to fighting terrorist organizations like Hamas, as well as serving as a starting point for a dialogue between Israel and Germany about how to combat terror groups and to adhere to international standards. Read More »


Hamas is not the IRA

John Bew, Martyn Frampton,  July 17, 2008

Critiques the strategy of negotiating with terrorist groups, using the Northern Ireland peace process as a model. Read More »


Hizballah’s Rocket Campaign Against Northern Israel:
A Preliminary Report

Dr. Uzi Rubin,  August 31, 2006

From July 13 to August 13, the Israel Police reported 4,228 rocket impacts inside Israel from rockets fired by Hizballah. No geographical area in the world has sustained such a large quantity of rocket strikes since the Iran-Iraq war in the early 1980s.One-fourth of the rockets that landed within Israel landed within built-up areas. Israel suffered great numbers of fatalities and injuries, as well as extensive damage to infrastructure. This article discusses the challenge to national security posed by this type of weapon, and identifies areas where defense may be improved. Read More »


Homeland Security Articles from Daily Alert

Airport Security

Israeli Expert Questions New Airport Security Rules (March 23, 2017)
Belgium Takes Tips from Israel on Airport Security (November 23, 2016)
After Brussels Attack, World Looks to Israel as Model for Airport Security (March 23, 2016)
Sniffer Mice Are Being Trained in Israel to Detect Explosives at Airports (June 19, 2015)

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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